A Tunisian policeman has been killed in the beach resort of Sousse, south of the capital Tunis.
A man armed with kalashinkov on a motorbike opened fire on group of police officers near the coastal resort where a Jihadi gunman killed 38 tourists in June. Three officers were targeted in the shooting, one of whom was hit and later died, according to the Tunisian interior ministry. Two assailants attacked the officers while they were waiting for the transportation to the nearby town of Kairouan from the neighborhood of Ezzouhour.
“Unknown assailants fired on three policemen on a road. One of them was hit and died in hospital,” said Rafik Chelly, secretary of state for national security. He added that an investigation was under way but was not able to clarify if the attack was the work of Jihadi group.
The latest incident comes less than two months after a gunman killed 30 British nationals and eight other foreign tourists at the Mediterranean resort of Port El Kantaoui in Sousse. The 23-year-old gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on tourists as they sunbathed on the beach. The region is still trying to recover from the June attack, later claimed by Islamic State group.
After the Sousse massacre, Tunisia stepped the security in the region and hundreds of policemen have been patrolling the tourist destinations. The authorities carried out raids across the country to capture the culprits linked with the deadly shooting on the foreigners. They arrested more than 150 people in relation to the shooting and 15 of them were charged with terrorism-related offences.
According to reports, more than 3,000 Tunisians have gone to Iraq, Syria and Libya to fight alongside Islamic State militant group. The shooters in the Sousse massacre and an attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 18 were trained in militant camps in Libya. IMAGE/theguardian