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Militants planning mass attack on sites in the Tunisian capital - intelligence

Published 06/09/2015 | 20:32

A police officers patrols the beach in Sousse
A police officers patrols the beach in Sousse

Militants plan to attack sites in the Tunisian capital with car bombs and other devices, a government official has warned.

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The country's state news agency TAP said unidentified militants planned to attack "sensitive sites" in Tunis with car bombs and explosive belts. The report cited an unnamed Interior Ministry official.

It added that police had banned traffic on Bourguiba Avenue in the heart of downtown and nearby streets to prevent attacks.

There have also been increased police patrols and raids around the capital and its suburbs.

In March and June, gunmen attacked the national museum and a beach resort killing nearly 60 foreign tourists.

The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

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