Explosion hits bus carrying Tunisia’s presidential guards

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An explosion has hit a bus carrying presidential guards in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, officials say.

At least 12 people have been killed in the blast, the interior ministry said.

The explosion, during rush hour in the city’s main avenue, was an attack, a presidential source said.

Tunisia has been targeted by the Islamic State group, including an attack by a gunman on the beach resort of Sousse in June, killing 38 people, mostly foreign tourists.

The North African state is believed to be the biggest exporter of jihadis, with the authorities saying at least 3,000 of its nationals fighting in Iraq and Syria.

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The explosion happened at a bus stop where the presidential guard picks up and drops off their staff.

The bus stop was near the former headquarters of the party of deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The roads in the city were already clogged up because of heavy rain and flooding, when the explosion hit the bus on Mohamed V Avenue.

It was not immediately clear whether a bomb had detonated or
an explosive had been fired at the bus, presidential and security sources said, Reuters news agency
reports.

The Tunisian government had tightened security following two attacks this year, with a high number of security forces visible very close to where the explosion happened.

Both the prime minister and interior minister arrived the scene almost immediately.

Tunisia currently has a secular government, which is battling the militants.
Former Tunisian president, Mr Ben Ali was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011.

In March, gunmen attacked the famous Bardo Museum in Tunis, killing more than 20 people.

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