- "A patrol of two National Guard officers was attacked with a knife in the centre of Sousse"
- The incident comes two days after the government of Prime Minister Hisham al-Mishishi took power.
- President of the Republic, Qais Said, arrived in the state of Sousse, this morning.
The Tunisian Ministry of Interior confirmed today, Sunday, that a policeman was killed and another wounded in a run-over operation by terrorists near a tourist area in the city of Sousse. This morning, the spokesman for the Tunisian National Guard, Hossam Eddine Jebali, said that a member of the National Guard was killed in a “terrorist” attack.
“A patrol of two National Guard officers was attacked with a knife in the center of Sousse,” 140 kilometers (80 miles) south of the capital Tunis, said National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli.
“One died as a martyr and the other was wounded and is hospitalized,” he said, adding that “this was a terrorist attack”.
The scene of the accident is only a few kilometers away from the port of El Kantaoui tourist complex, and Interior Minister Toufic Sharaf El-Din hurried to the scene in Sousse, where he “examined the details of the security intervention and was transferred to the hospital to find out the health condition of the injured people and follow it up,” according to the Tunisian Interior Ministry statement.
The incident comes two days after the government of Prime Minister Hisham al-Mishishi took power to succeed the resigned government of Ilyas Fakhfakh, which highlights the size of the security challenges facing the country, which suffers from aggravating social and economic problems.
According to the statements of the Sousse court spokeswoman, Iman bin Hamida, to reporters, four people who were in a four-wheel drive vehicle participated in the attack on a security patrol at a crossroads in the Akouda region, before three of them were liquidated while being pursued.
The tourist city of Sousse witnessed the worst attack among several terrorist attacks in recent years, during which 38 people, most of them British, were killed in 2015 in a shooting at a hotel.
Today, Sunday, the President of the Republic, Kais Saied, arrived in the state of Sousse, which this morning witnessed a terrorist operation, which resulted in the death of Aoun Guard and the injury of his colleague, as well as the elimination of 3 terrorists and the arrest of a fourth suspect.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mishishi arrived at the site of the operation that took place at the Bay of Angels Junction near the city of Akouda, where two agents of the National Guard Corps were injured.
Al-Meshishi was accompanied by Interior Minister Tawfiq Sharaf al-Din, Rajaa al-Trabelsi, and a number of security leaders and representatives of the region in Parliament.
In Tunisia, the severe division within the political class has become a basic feature that accompanies discussions in the media, social media, or debates within political institutions such as Parliament.
Since the last elections, state institutions have been almost paralyzed due to the political parties’ use of the mechanisms of a semi-parliamentary, quasi-presidential constitutional system, in confrontations and “wars” that do not stop.
The terms “war”, “missiles” and “bombardment” have become a term used without reservation, even by the President of the Republic, Kais Saied, a professor of constitutional law, who came to the presidency with an overwhelming majority.
Today it is waging a relentless confrontation against political parties, especially the Islamist “Ennahda” party and the liberal “Heart of Tunisia” party, in addition to the “Dignity Coalition” with conservative revolutionary orientations.
The policy of the arm between President Kais and the Speaker of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, Rashid Ghannouchi, led to the failure of the government which the Ennahda Party would have formed as the first party to win the elections, and to the overthrow of the government of Ilyas Fakhfakh a few months after his appointment by President Said.