Terrorism & Insurgency

Jihadist attack in Tunis indicates residual ‘lone wolf’ threat but reduced militant capacity to mount group attacks

09 November 2017


On 1 November, a suspected Islamist militant attacked two police officers at a police checkpoint in Bardo Square in Tunis, near the national Parliament building.

According to local media, the individual first stabbed a police officer, who later died, in the neck and was then pursued by a second police officer, whom he wounded. Despite this, the attacker was arrested.

According to the Interior Ministry’s statement, the suspected militant, a 25-year-old from Ettadamen, one of the poorest suburbs of Tunis, had confessed that he had adopted jihadist ideology three years ago and had attacked the police as an act of jihad.

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