By Tristan Dreisbach | Oct 30 2013
A man blew himself up outside the Riadh Palm hotel in Sousse, a large coastal city, at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. There were no casualties or injuries other than the bomber, who was killed.
Another bombing was reportedly foiled outside the mausoleum of former president Habib Bourguiba in Monastir, 24 kilometers southeast of Sousse. Six suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the two incidents, according to the Ministry of Interior.
Makrem Halloul, an employee of the Riadh Palm in Sousse, told Tunisia Live there was no damage to hotel property.
The man, “committed suicide by bombing himself” on the beach adjacent to the Riadh Palm, according to the Ministry of Interior. The ministry only described the bomber as “dark-skinned.”
The remains of the bomber’s body were removed from the scene by authorities, according to a Tunisia Live reporter on the ground in Sousse. After the remains were cleared, nobody was left to guard the crime scene.
In Monastir, a suspect was arrested for allegedly trying to bomb the mausoleum of former President Habib Bourguiba.
The Ministry of Interior requested that media outlets only report on information of the attacks from official sources or communiques. When contacted by Tunisia Live, the ministry referred only to its released statements.
Sousse, 150 kilometers south of Tunis, is a popular tourist destination and Tunisia’s third largest city.
Today’s bombing comes amid ongoing political talks in Tunisia aiming to resolve three months of crisis which started after the July assassination of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi. Last week, seven security officers were killed in shootouts with suspects authorities describe as Islamic militants. It is unclear that today’s events are tied to the shootings.
This article has been updated throughout the day.
Hanen Keskes, Farah Samti, Asma Smadhi, and Robert Joyce contributed reporting.