State of emergency in Tunisia after bus bomb kills 12

State of emergency in Tunisia after bus bomb kills 12

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The prospects for any short-term revival in tourism to Tunisia look increasingly bleak after a bomb killed at least 12 people in the centre of the capital Tunis yesterday.

A state of emergency was re-imposed for 30 days throughout the country in the wake of the latest atrocity.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise against all but essential travel to the north African country.

The clampdown on travel from the UK followed the killing of 38 people, including 30 Britons, in a terrorist attack on the resort of Sousse in June.

A new plot to attack the beach resort and other targets was foiled last week.

A number of security personnel were among those killed in the explosion on a bus in central Tunis. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am in and around the city.

The FCO said in an updated travel advisory: “British nationals should avoid the area of the incident, follow the instructions of security forces and continue to monitor this travel advice for updates.”

The advice added: “Since the attack in Sousse, we have been working closely with the Tunisian authorities to investigate the attack and the wider threat from terrorist groups in Tunisia.

“Although we have had good cooperation from the Tunisian government, including putting in place additional security measures, the intelligence and threat picture has developed considerably, reinforcing our view that a further terrorist attack is highly likely.

“On balance, we do not believe the mitigation measures in place provide adequate protection for British tourists in Tunisia at the present time.”

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