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    Bombing at Hotel in Sousse, Failed Bombing in Monastir

    By Tristan Dreisbach | Oct 30 2013 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Authorities at scene after suicide bombing in Sousse, October 30, 2013. Photo credit: Tunisia Live

    Authorities at scene after suicide bombing in Sousse, October 30, 2013. Photo credit: Tunisia Live

    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.

    Bomber's remains being removed from scene in Sousse, October 30, 2013. Photo credit: Tunisia Live

    Bomber’s remains being removed from scene in Sousse, October 30, 2013. Photo credit: Tunisia Live

    In Monastir, a suspect was arrested for allegedly trying to bomb the mausoleum of former President Habib Bourguiba.

    On Mosaique FM, Aroui said the assailant in Sousse and the suspect in Monastir are both “Salafist Takfiriyya,” a branch of Salafism which allows for the killing of non-believers.

    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.

  • By Tristan Dreisbach  /  Editor
  • Tristan Dreisbach is Tunisia Live's former editor. He previously worked on peacebuilding and statebuilding issues at the NYU Center on International Cooperation. He writes on politics, economics, and culture. He speaks English and German, and is studying Arabic. Tristan received an MA in Politics from New York University and a BA from the University of Michigan.

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    1. sghaier /

      I keep waiting to see what is going to wake or scare the lazy and complacent people enough to get up off their armchairs and make a difference. In the end these terrorists can only do what people allow. They are in local communities so people need to speak…or go to the hell they are taking u too

    2. illuminated77 /

      The parents of Tunisian youth need teach their children about the true Islam, if they don’t, then they leave these kids open to self serving men in power who will brain wash them and lead them ultimately to their deaths….and for what?

    3. mr /

      With over 1,000,000 Libyans in Tunisia, and masses of weapons, is Tunisia about to be part of Libya? The next few months will be very uneasy for Tunisia, Do not have yours closed to what is happening in your country.

      • sghaier /

        huge difference is that tunisia not only saw this coming and there fore could have prevented it, but the government aided it…that is the disgrace…

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