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9 police officers, civilians injured in bomb attack in Tunisia

A woman blew herself up yesterday in the centre of the Tunisian capital of Tunis near a police patrol, the country's interior ministry has reported.

The ministry's spokesperson, Sofiene Zaag, told Anadolu Agency that "a 30-year-old woman blew herself up in a police vehicle located in the Tunisian capital's popular Habib Bourguiba Avenue."

The blast, Zaag explained, left nine people injured, eight if which were police officers. "There have been no reported deaths except for the bomber" he stressed.

No one or a group has claimed responsibility for the bombing yet.

This was the first attack in the Tunisian capital since November 2015 when a suicide bombing, which was claimed by Daesh, killed 12 security agents on a bus for presidential guards.

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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.

Since November 2015, the country has been under a state of emergency across the nation, which was last extended earlier this month until 6 November, amid a tense political climate ahead of legislative and presidential elections planned for next year.

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