Suspected Islamist Militants Attack Guard Officers

Sep 9, 2020

On 6 September 2020, suspected Islamist militants attacked two national guard officers at a security checkpoint near the port of the coastal city of Sousse, located approximately 140 km (85 mi) southeast of the capital Tunis. According to reports, the assailants rammed their vehicle into the checkpoint and attacked the two officers with knives, killing one and wounding the other. The attackers stole firearms and a police vehicle and fled the scene through the tourist district of El Kantaoui, where a gunbattle broke out. Security personnel killed three attackers in the gunbattle. Following the attack, security forces arrested seven individuals, including several family members of the alleged attackers. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack. Sousse was the site of a 2015 terrorist attack, during which an armed gunman killed 38 people at a beachside resort, for which the IS also claimed responsibility.

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