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One Police Officer and 3 Extremists Dead after Tunisia Knife Attack; Labelled as Terrorist Attack


Security officials in Tunisia say a police officer has been killed and another wounded in a knife attack in the coastal resort of Sousse.

Three assailants were shot dead after the incident --labelled as a terrorist attack.

The attack took place in the tourist city of Sousse, the site of the worst of several extremist attacks in recent years, where 38 people, most of them Britons, were killed in a 2015 beachside shooting.

“A patrol of two National Guard officers was attacked with a knife in the center of Sousse,” 140 kilometers (80 miles) south of the capital Tunis, said National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebali.

“One died as a martyr and the other was wounded and is hospitalized,” he said, adding that “this was a terrorist attack.”

"This was a terrorist attack".

Three assailants were shot dead after the incident, which is being described as a terrorist attack.

The suspected militants rammed their vehicle into a National Guard checkpoint at a junction near the city's port.

The knifemen stole guns and a police vehicle during the attack before making off, Mr Jebabli said. Security forces took off after them through the tourist areas of El Kantaoui.

"In a firefight three terrorists were killed," he said, adding that two guns and the car were recovered.

It is unclear if the assailants were tied to any particular extremist group, but the wider threat in Tunisia in recent years has been from dispersed sleeper cells composed of jihadists that returned from Syria, Libya, and Iraq, says the BBC's Rana Jawad in the capital Tunis.

Countries like Germany and the UK have contributed to training security forces.

This week Tunisia's parliament approved a new government formed by Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi.

Mr Mechichi appointed technocrats to his government rather than members of political parties as had been the case in the past.

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