Tunisian policeman dies after parliament knife attack

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A forensic personnel from the Tunisian police works at the site where a suspected Islamist militant was arrested after wounding two policemen in a knife attack near the parliament building in Tunis, Tunisia November 1, 2017. Image courtesy: Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi

 

A forensic personnel from the Tunisian police works at the site where a suspected Islamist militant was arrested after wounding two policemen in a knife attack near the parliament building in Tunis, Tunisia November 1, 2017. Image courtesy: Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi

A Tunisian police officer who was stabbed outside Tunisia’s parliament has died of his wounds, Reuters reports.

The knife-wielder, suspect Zied Gharbi, was arrested on Wednesday after two policemen were wounded. The attack happened close to the Bardo museum where 21 people, mostly European tourists, were killed in an attack by gunmen in March 2015.

Tunisia is still recovering from two major attacks that took place in 2015, one against tourists at the beach resort of Sousse and the other against presidential guards in the capital.

“Our colleague Riadh Barrouta died Thursday after the terrorist attack in Bardo yesterday,” Walid Hkima, a national security spokesman, said in an announcement.

In response to the 2015 attacks, Tunisia’s economy was severely damaged as tourists were apprehensive about the security of the country’s Mediterranean beaches.

Since then, Reuters reports that security has been boosted at strategic sites while authorities have cracked down on militants, dismantling dozens of cells.

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