Two years later, the Tunisian capital returned on Wednesday to be the scene of a jihadist-inspired attack. As in the last attack, the target was the security forces. First thing in the morning, an individual stabbed two of the agents protecting the country's parliament without a word. One of the policemen suffered superficial wounds to the eyes, and the other in the back of the neck. The latter, after being operated urgently, is admitted to a hospital in critical condition. The perpetrator of the attack was arrested in the place of the incident and, in the subsequent questioning, claimed to be a supporter of the jihadist movement for three years. According to the first investigations, the aggressor would not belong to any armed group, but he acted on his own.
So far, the Ministry of the Interior has not revealed the identity of the terrorist, but it has reported through a statement that this is a young man born in 1992, originating in a suburb of Tunisia, the capital, and is a Bachelor of computer science unemployed. "He spoke calmly and showed no remorse," he explained to the Agence France Presse an agent belonging to the police station to which the perpetrator was transferred and who preferred to remain anonymous. "He said to us: this morning, I prayed and decided to do something for jihad." I saw the policeman in front of me. To me, he's a tyrant. "And I did what I did," he added.
The attack took place near the Bardo National Museum, where in March 2015 a terrorist cell killed 21 people, most of them foreign tourists. The museum, which exhibits one of the most complete collections of Roman mosaics around the world, is a building adjoining the Assembly of Representatives. After the attack, the President of Parliament, Mohamed Ennaceur, made a call to "solidarity because this danger threatens the entire society and the country."
After the revolution of 2011 and the fall of the dictatorship of Ben Ali, several extremist movements were implanted in the country Maghreb, which facilitated that in successive years more than 3,000 Tunisians traveled to zones of conflict, especially Syria and Libya, to fight with Jihadi groups. In recent years, the country itself suffered numerous terrorist attacks that have claimed the lives of a hundred security members, as well as dozens of foreign tourists. Several of them were vindicated by the self-styled Islamic State (ISIS). However, since March 2016, there has been no major terrorist attack, a fact that experts attribute to greater preparation of units dedicated to counter-terrorism.
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