Three police officers and a suspected militant were killed in clashes at a checkpoint near Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia, according to Tunisia’s Interior Ministry. Two of the officers died in the initial shootings and the third was killed in a later clash.
Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said two officers were killed in a shootout and the militants had fled right after killing a third policeman who was on his way to work.
“One of the terrorists was exterminated, the second was wounded and arrested. He is in serious condition,” Aroui added.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, however authorities are suspicious of particular militant groups in Tunisia, such as Okba Ibn Nafaa, an offshoot of Al Qaeda.
Militants in Tunisia have been carrying out violence since the overthrow of veteran president Zine el Abidine ben Ali in 2011. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, scores of security forces have been killed in the hands of Tunisia-based militants.