Tunisia explosion: Suicide bomber strikes near French embassy before second blast

A suicide bomber has struck close to the French embassy in the capital of Tunisia.

Local reports suggest the attack has caused multiple casualties in Tunis.

A second was reportedly witnessed at the headquarters of government anti terrorist head quarters.

The first attack was targeted at a police car in Charles de Gaulle street in downtown Tunis, witnesses told Reuters.

Two police officers and three civilians have been wounded according to the Interior Ministry.

Security forces have imposed a security cordon and suspended traffic in Habib Bourguiba Street.

Video streamed live on Facebook at around 10.45am shows the aftermath of the explosion.

In the clip people can be heard screaming in the background as security forces drag a man out of a white truck.

Army officers attempt to direct the crowds as panicked civilians pace the blood splattered streets.

A different videos shows a man lying in the street with blood pouring from his head.

The last suicide bombing to hit Tunis was in 2015 when a bus carrying members of the presidential guard was targeted.

Twelve people were killed and 16 injured, with ISIS later claiming responsibility for the attack.

Five months before 38 people, mostly British tourists, were killed when an gunman attacked two hotels on Tunisia’s coast.

Tunisia has been battling militant groups operating in remote areas near the border with Algeria since an uprising overthrew autocratic leader Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

By Gideon Sarpong | WakeUp Africa 360

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