Attackers with knives killed a Tunisian National Guard officer and wounded any other Sunday earlier than three assailants have been shot useless in a firefight, the protection pressure said, labelling it a “terrorist” act.
The attack took area in the traveller district of the coastal city of Sousse, the web site of the worst of countless jihadist assaults in current years, the place 38 people, most of them Britons, had been killed in a 2015 beachside shooting rampage.
“A patrol of two National Guard officers used to be attacked with a knife in the centre of Sousse,” one hundred forty kilometres (80 miles) south of the capital Tunis, said National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli.
“One died as a martyr and the other used to be wounded and is hospitalised,” he said, adding that “this used to be a terrorist attack”.
The attackers had first rammed the officers of the country wide gendarmerie with a vehicle, said the interior ministry in a statement.
After the knife attack, protection forces pursued the assailants, who had taken the officers’ guns and vehicle, through the Akouda district of the city’s tourist location of El-Kantaoui, said Jebabli.
“In a firefight three terrorists have been killed,”he said, including that security forces “managed to recover” the automobile and two pistols the assailants had stolen.
British ambassador to Tunisia Louise de Sousa tweeted she was “appalled to hear of the assault on a National Guard patrol in #Sousse this morning.
“My honest condolences to the family of the murdered officer & I wish a swift recovery to the injured. #UKsupportTunisia