Tunisia identifies bus attack suicide bomber

Tunisia identifies bus attack suicide bomber, makes 30 arrests

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Tunisian police stand guard at the site the day after a bomb attack on a bus transporting Tunisia's presidential guards in central Tunis, November 25, 2015

The Tunisian Interior Ministry announced that they identified the suicide bomber of the bus attack who killed 12 presidential guards in the capital Tunis on Tuesday.

“The final biological analyses... proved that the body of the terrorist who blew up the bus of the presidential guard 24 November 2015 is that of ‘Houssam ben Hedi Ben Miled Abdelli’, born December 10, 1988,” the ministry announced on its Facebook page.

Houssam Abdelli, the 27-year-old Tunisian attacker, “was wearing a bag on his back. He had on a coat and was wearing headphones. He blew himself up just getting into the door of the bus with military explosives," Hichem Gharbi, a presidential security official, told local radio.

During the nights of November 25 and 26, Tunisian authorities “conducted 526 raids that led to the arrest of 30 people suspected of belonging to terrorist organisations,” the Interior Ministry also announced.

They also seized weapons during their operations.

The DAESH terrorist group had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tunisia suffered from terrorist attacks this year in March and June too, both of which were also claimed by DAESH.

In March, two DAESH terrorists stormed into the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, killing 21 tourists and a policeman.

In June, DAESH gunmen went on a shooting rampage in the Mediterranean resort of Sousse, killing 38 foreign tourists, mostly Britons.

TRTWorld and agencies