Tunisia on high alert after suicide bomb-attack

Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013

tunisiaStreets of Sousse tourist area and the coastal road to all the top beach resorts in Tunisia had to step up on its security after a suicide bomb-attack on the beach of the Riadh Palms Hotel, in Bou Jaafar a Sousse. Security has naturally been heightened at all hotels in the capital.

 

Six people linked to terrorist groups were arrested in connection to the blast said the spokesman for the Interior ministry, Mohamed Ali Laraoui. He said that the danger still remains. large quantities of explosives were found in the area of the Monastir dock, 20km from Sousse, where another attack was averted.

 

Jihadists have stepped up their actions and the escalation of violence threatens tourism said both local and international media personals. This will naturally affect the nation’s economy which is already under threat.

 

A political-institutional crisis has for months paralyzed the North African nation, with accusations of the opposition against the ruling Ennahda party of not being “severe” enough against armed groups, favoring “the expansion of the Salafist current, part of which favors resorting to arms”. In light of the security situation, the French Embassy has urged its nationals to be more “vigilant” and avoid “public gatherings”.

 

The deteriorating security comes also amid delicate political negotiations, which are part of a national dialogue between the political forces to name a new prime minister, who in turn will be called to form a technical government within two weeks. The National Constituent Assembly must also draft a Constitution to be submitted to a referendum, approve a new electoral law and set up a commission that will organize the next elections.

 

These are attempts to defame democratic transition said the President Moncef Marzouki in regards to the suicide bomb-attack in Sousse and foiled attack in Monastir, on the grave of former president Bourguiba. He urged citizens to be vigil and support the security forces in battling terrorism.

 

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