Tunisia declares state of emergency after Sousse hotel attack

Tunisia declares state of emergency after Sousse hotel attack
# 04 July 2015 17:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi announced a state of emergency on Saturday, following last week's attack on a Sousse hotel which killed 38 foreign tourists, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Essebsi will address the nation at 5 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) to explain the decision and the reasons behind it, according to the report.

Tunisia has been dealing with the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attack against a hotel in Sousse, which left 38 foreign tourists, mainly British nationals, killed and 39 others injured.

On June 26, Seifeddine Rezgui, a 23-year-old student, attacked the Marhaba hotel in Sousse with a Kalashnikov rifle, before being shot dead by security agents a few miles away from the crime scene.

The Islamic State section of Libya has claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened more attacks to come.

Security vigilance has been high in the country especially on Saturday, the 18th day of fasting month of Ramadan this year, as two terrorist attacks against soldiers and national guard agents took place on the same day of Ramadan in the past two years.

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