Published on Monday, September 7, 2020

Attack in tourist area of Tunisia labelled 'terrorism' by officials

A police officer has been killed and another wounded in a tourist area of Tunisia in what security officials have described as a terrorist attack.

Three assailants were also shot dead following the incident in the coastal resort of Sousse.

The suspected militants are said to have rammed a National Guard checkpoint at a junction near the city's port before being pursued through the tourist areas of El Kantaoui. Two police officers were attacked with knives, before all three assailants were shot dead, according to the BBC.

National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli told AFP news agency that one of the police officers died and the other wounded.

"This was a terrorist attack," he said.

The attack came two days after a new government was sworn in.

Sousse was the scene of one of Tunisia's worst terrorist attacks in 2015 when 38 people, most of them British tourists, were killed by a gunman.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its advice to warn against travel to Sousse 'at this time'.

Tunisia is not on the government's travel corridor list.

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