Woman blows herself up in central Tunis, wounding 9 people

Central Tunis hit by suicide bomb blast

Woman blows herself up in central Tunis, injuries reported

- A woman blew herself up Monday in the center of Tunisia's capital, Tunis, injuring nine people, eight of whom were security personnel, the Tunisian interior ministry spokesperson told CNN.

The explosion was on the central Habib Bourguiba avenue where police were cordoning off the area. Several ambulances have also been dispatched to the blast site.

A spokesman for the Tunisian Interior Ministry described called it a "terrorist explosion".

Shops, he said, were shut on what is usually one of the busiest streets in the capital, and police had barricaded the street.

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It said the bomber came from the Mahdia region of eastern Tunisia and was previously unknown to security services.

In June 2015, 38 people were killed in a shooting rampage at the country's coastal resort of Sousse which targeted tourists, while another attack the same year on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis left 22 people dead. The following year, militants tried to capture the town of Ben Guerdane near the Libyan border. But turmoil and militant attacks have scared off tourists and investors, worsening an economic crisis caused by a chronic deficit. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility.

In June 2015, 38 people were killed in a shooting rampage at the coastal resort of Sousse which targeted tourists, while an attack in March that year on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis left 22 people dead, a lot of them tourists.

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