Death toll from IS-claimed Tunis bombings rises
TUNIS - Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb blast in the Tunisian capital earlier this week, the militant group's Amaq news agency said on Thursday.
A wanted militant wearing an explosives belt blew himself up in Tunis on Tuesday after being surrounded by police, the government said, but there were no other casualties.
It was the third such incident within a week and came a few months ahead of an election and at the peak of a tourist season in which Tunisia is hoping for a record number of visitors.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks on police in Tunis on June 27, killing one police officer and wounding several people according to initial reports. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for both attacks.
The death toll from the twin suicide bombings has risen to two after a civilian died of his injuries, the interior ministry said Thursday.
Among the seven other people wounded in the attacks, six have been discharged from hospital while another police officer has been kept in for observation, ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag said.
The June 27 bombings brought back memories of deadly 2015 attacks on foreign holidaymakers and security personnel that dealt a heavy blow to the country's vital tourism industry.
The suspected mastermind was killed when he blew himself up during a police manhunt outside the capital, the ministry said on Wednesday.