Police foil knife attack near Tunis synagogue

TUNIS- In the capital of Tunisia, Tunis on Tuesday police overpowered an man with a knife and arrested him, the interior ministry said.

The ministry said in a statement that a 45-year-old suspect is accused of trying to attack a pair of police officers in the late morning attack.

The police managed to stop and arrest the alleged assailant,then he was handed over to anti-terror security services. The officers escaped unharmed.

Security had been stepped up in the area surrounding the scene of the incident.

National security spokesman Walid Ben Hkima said the suspect was from Ettadhamen, an impoverished area in the Tunis suburbs.

The ministry has launched an investigation to determine the motive for the attack and any possible links to extremist groups.

From 2015, Tunisia has been under a state of emergency after a series of jihadist attacks in the country, even though the security situation has improved hugely in the past two years.

The filled attack took place on a day where thousands of people took part in a Jewish pilgrimage this month to the Tunisian island of Djerba, home to Africa’s oldest synagogue, marking a resurgence for the community after years of insecurity.

Whilst extremist groups in Tunisia have been weakened, the country continues still suffers from attacks.

November last year two police officers were stabbed in front of parliament by a young Tunisian who authorities believe had been radicalised. One of the officers would later succumb to their injuries.

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