Brit tourists warned of ‘high terror risk’ in Tunisia after suicide bomb blasts rock capital – four years on from beach massacre – The Sun

BRIT tourists travelling to Tunisia for their summer holidays have been warned terrorists are “very likely” to carry out attacks.

The fresh warning came after three suicide blasts rocked the capital Tunis over the past week, leaving a cop dead and wounding eight others.


British holidaymakers have only recently started returning to Tunisia after the Sousse beach massacre and Bardo museum shooting in 2015 – for which ISIS claimed responsibility.

But the Foreign Office has issued a new warning, saying areas where tourists gather “may be at higher risk of attack”.

Crowded areas, government installations, transportation networks and businesses with Western interests were also listed as areas where visitors should be extra vigilant.

“You should be particularly vigilant in these areas and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities,” the advice states.

The FO also warned there is a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation interests”.

Additional security measures have been in place on flights departing from Tunisia to the UK since March 2017.

ISIS 'RESPONSIBLE' FOR SUICIDE BLASTS

Holidaymakers were warned about the terrorist threat after ISIS claimed responsibility for twin suicide attacks in Tunis on June 27.

In the first bombing, a police patrol car was targeted near the French embassy at around 11am.

A police officer was killed and three civilians were wounded in the blast.

At the same time, a second suicide bomber struck one of the entrances of the headquarters to the government's anti-terrorism brigade on the outskirts of the city.

Four police officers were wounded and heavily armed police cordoned off streets throughout the city.

On Tuesday, the “terrorist” who was the alleged "brain" behind the suicide bombings was killed while being chased by police.

Suspect Aymen Smiri was fleeing from police when explosives he was carrying detonated and killed him in a massive blast.

TUNISIA TOURIST MASSACRES

The bombings hit at the heart of tourist season in Tunisia, which has been struck by a number of terror attacks.

At least 60 people – mostly tourists – were killed in two bloody attacks at a museum and beach in 2015.

The first attack, at the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March 2015 killed 22.

Three months later, 38 tourists – including 30 Brits – were shot dead at Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the two massacres and seven jihadists have been sentenced to life in prison.

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The main terrorist threat in Tunisia is from Al-Qaeda and Libya-based extremists with links to ISIS.

Tunisia has a porous border with Libya, where there’s an ongoing civil war and an absence of security.

Islamist terrorist groups are also known to operate in the area.

The Foreign Office also warned that attacks may be carried out by individuals unknown to the authorities, whose actions may be “inspired by terrorist groups”.

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