At least nine people have been wounded in a suicide bomb blast that rocked the centre of Tunisia‘s capital, Tunis, according to the interior ministry.
A 30-year-old suicide bomber detonated her explosives on Monday afternoon near Le Palmarium shopping centre on the busy Habib Bourguiba Avenue, said Sofiene Zaag, interior ministry spokesperson.
“Eight policemen and one civilian were wounded following this suicide attack,” she said, adding that the bomber was the only fatality.
Zaag said the injured were transferred to Hospital Charles Nicolle in Tunis and the military hospital.
According to Radio Mosaique FM, the bomber used a hand-made grenade containing small quantities of explosives.
Pictures published on the station’s social media platforms showed a veiled woman who appeared to be dead wearing dark trousers, a pink top and a short dark jacket with serious wounds on her left hip and stomach lying on the ground in a cordoned off area.
The busy avenue, which has many cafes and restaurants as well as hotels, has a regular security presence due to the proximity of government buildings.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.