US embassy in Tunisia warns of possible shopping mall attack

US embassy in Tunisian capital warned its citizens to avoid certain shopping mall, fearing possible militant attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Tunisian policeman stands guard near the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Tunis, Tunisia November 25, 2015.

The US embassy in Tunisia has warned its citizens in the capital to avoid visiting a specific major shopping mall on Sunday because of a "reported threat of a potential militant attack."

A statement published by the US embassy on Saturday, advised US citizens to stay away from the Tunisia Mall in Berges du Lac area in the capital on Sunday because a "report of unknown credibility indicates the possibility of a terrorist attack.”

The statement gave no further details. But Tunisia's security forces have been on high alert since Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency in the country and a curfew in the capital Tunis in November, after a bus carrying presidential security personnel was targeted in a bomb attack, killing 14 people and wounding 16 others.

The November bus attack followed two major militant gun attacks, both claimed by DAESH, one on a Tunis museum and another in a beach hotel resort targeting foreign tourists in Sousse.

Tunisia is one of the Arab world's most secular nations and the only survivor of the Arab spring that started in its capital in December 2010. The north African nation is praised for achieving the region’s first pluralistic democracy, a victory garnering the Tunisian national dialogue quartet a Nobel peace prize for 2015.

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