2015 Tunis bombing

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2015 Tunis bombing
Part of ISIL insurgency in Tunisia
2015 Tunis bombing is located in Tunis
2015 Tunis bombing
The incident location is marked by the red pin on Muhamed V Avenue just north of the city center
Location Tunis, Tunisia
Date 24 November 2015
Target Presidential escorts
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Weapon Semtex explosive belt[1]
Deaths 14 (including the perpetrator)[2]
Non-fatal injuries
16
Perpetrator Houssem Abdelli
Assailants Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

On 24 November 2015, a bus carrying Tunisian presidential guards exploded, killing 12, on a principal road in Tunis, Tunisia.[3][4] ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.[5][6] The bomber, who also died in the attack, was identified as Houssem Abdelli.[1]

Bombing

On 24 November 2015, at least 12 people were killed in a bus bombing in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The bus was carrying members of the Tunisian Presidential Security guard. The blast happened when the vehicle was parked near a main artery in the Tunisian capital where guard members are typically picked up and dropped off, according to an official in the Tunisian Prime Minister's office.[7]

The explosion, described as an "attack" by presidential spokesman Moez Sinaoui, struck on the capital's Mohamed V Avenue, a ministry official told AFP. An AFP journalist reported seeing the partly burnt out shell of the bus, with police, ambulances, and fire trucks at the scene.[8]

The bomber was identified as Houssem Abdelli, a 28-year-old resident of Tunis.[1][9] The man's mother identified him from a photograph.[9]

Response

The Tunisian Interior Ministry announced that this was an act of terrorism,[10] using a Semtex explosive traced to Libya.[11] The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement,[12] though authorities did not discuss any ties between the bomber and extremist groups.[1]

The group has also claimed responsibility for two attacks in Tunisia earlier in the year, targeting the tourism industry: the Bardo museum attack in March and an attack on a beach resort in Sousse in June.[13]

After the attack, President Beji Caid Essebsi placed Tunis under curfew and resumed a month-long state of emergency.[13] The Tunisian Interior Ministry reported that national security raids had led to the arrest of 40 people with suspected ties to terrorist groups.[9] Among the people arrested were the suspected bomber's sister and mother.[14] The Tunisian government's Security Council shut down Facebook accounts and websites linked to terrorist groups.[9]

See also

References

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