Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jihadist Wounded Two Policemen in Tunisia with a Knife, he was Arrested

Jihadist Wounded Two Policemen in Tunisia with a Knife, he was Arrested

A Tunisian policeman, Riadh Barrouta, stabbed by a suspected Islamist attacker died on Thursday, the country's Interior Ministry has said.

The assailant was known to authorities and said after the attack that he considered the police to be "tyrants", according to the statement.

One policeman was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the neck.

Tunisia's interior ministry confirmed the incident, informing, "A Salafist attacked two policemen with a knife".

"Killing them, he believes, is a form of jihad", it said. The attacker was arrested shortly afterwards.

The authorities also said they had launched a probe into the leaking online of a one-minute video of his interrogation.

Extremists linked to al-Qaida, and later to the Islamic State group, have targeted soldiers and police in other regions of Tunisia, notably in the Kasserine mountains near the Algerian border.

The square is opposite the parliament building and close to the Bardo museum, the site of a militant attack against foreign tourists that killed 21 people in March 2015.

Tunisia has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, after another attack killed 12 presidential guards in the heart of the capital.

In June 2015, 38 foreign tourists, including 30 from Britain, lost their lives in an IS attack on a coastal holiday resort south of Tunis.

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