By Roy Mabasa
Filipinos in Tunisia were advised to be vigilant following two suicide blasts on Thursday morning that killed one Tunisian police officer and wounding of several others.
The Philippine government, through its Embassy in Libya, also called on all Filipino nationals to avoid certain areas in the Tunisian capital where the incident occurred and take the necessary precautions.
Reports showed that the two explosions happened along Rue de Charles de Gaulle in downtown Tunis at around 10 a.m. on Thursday.
The first explosions involved a suicide bomber who targeted a police patrol on Charles De Gaulle Street and a car bomb that were detonated one after the other near the French Embassy and the Headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Police.
United States-based SITE Intelligence Group said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group claimed responsibility, saying those behind the two attacks on Tunisian security elements were its “fighters.”
Filipinos in that North African country who may wish to seek assistance may call the Interim Legation and the Philippine Consulate in Tunis at +216 50 926 251.