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Tunisia thwarts alleged terrorist attack targeting tourist areas

Tunisians and tourists wear masks as a precaution against the Covid-19 pandemic in Soussa, Tunisia on October 05, 2020 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
Tunisians and tourists wear masks as a precaution against the Covid-19 pandemic in Soussa, Tunisia on October 05, 2020 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Tunisian police thwarted an attack planned by a woman coming from Syria, where she received training "with terrorist groups," targeting tourist areas in the country, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, and Reuters reports.

It added that the woman, who was planning attacks with an explosive belt, was imprisoned.

The Ministry said the woman returned to Tunisia from Syria via Turkey on 10 January, after spending a year of training in Syria, where she planned the attack.

Tunisian security forces have thwarted most militant plots in recent years and they have become more efficient at responding to those attacks that do occur, Western diplomats say.

In November, police shot and wounded an extremist who sought to attack them with a knife and cleaver in the capital.

The last major attacks in Tunisia took place in 2015, when militants killed scores of people in two separate assaults at a museum in Tunis and a beach resort in Sousse.

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