Qatar condemns twin suicide attacks in Tunis
June 27 2019 11:36 PM
Police officers stand guard near the site of a suicide bombing attack in downtown Tunis, Tunisia
Police officers stand guard near the site of a suicide bombing attack in downtown Tunis, Tunisia

Qatar has condemned the double suicide attacks that shook Tunisia's capital Thursday.
Reacting to the incidents, HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani said in a tweet:
"We stand, in the State of Qatar, in solidarity with the Government and the Tunisian people. We strongly condemn the bombings in Tunis. We affirm our solidarity with the Tunisian government's procedures to maintain security and stability and to reject terrorism and extremism regardless of its motives and causes".

Separately, Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its condemnation and denunciation of the twin explosions that targeted a police car and the headquarters of the counter-terrorism unit in the Tunisian capital.
In a statement , the ministry expressed Qatar's firm rejection of violence and terrorism regardless of their motives or reasons. The statement stressed Qatar's solidarity with the Tunisian government in all the measures it will take to maintain security and stability.
The statement also expressed the condolences of Qatar to the families of the victims, the people, government of Tunisia, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. 
AFP reports: Yesterday's blasts — one on a central avenue and another against a security base — killed a police officer and wounded at least eight people including several civilians, the interior ministry said.
An AFP correspondent saw body parts strewn in the road around a police car after the first attack, which took place on Habib Bourguiba, a central avenue near the old city.
The interior ministry said one policeman died from his wounds after that blast, while another policeman and three civilians were wounded.
"It was a suicide attack," interior ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag said.
Half an hour later, the second attack targeted a base of the national guard, judicial police and the anti-terror branch in the capital.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, saying the "executors of the two attacks on Tunisian security elements" were its "fighters", according to US-based monitor SITE Intelligence Group. 
Just hours after news of the attacks broke, the presidency announced that Essebsi "was taken seriously ill and transferred to the military hospital in Tunis".



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