Terror suspects held after suicide attack on Tunisia beach resort

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Terror suspects held after suicide attack on Tunisia beach resort

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Five people have been arrested in Tunisia after a bomber blew himself up at a tourist resort and police said they foiled another attack elsewhere.

The country’s interior ministry said the suspects are terrorists with direct links to the assailants.

They were arrested in Sousse where earlier a man detonated his device on the beach after being turned away from the Riadh Palms Hotel.

A crisis centre has been set up for guests at the hotel, while at other tourist sites security has been reinforced.

The authorities said in the second attempted attack in Monastir a man was arrested after being spotted acting suspiciously near former President Habib Bourguiba’s tomb.

Local media reported that a large quantity of explosives were found in a nearby house.

The authorities have blamed a jihadist group, Ansar al-Sharia, saying that all the arrested men have admitted to being members.

There has been widespread condemnation of the incidents.

Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Ennahda Party, which governs in coalition with two secular parties, said attacks on tourists targeted Tunisia’s political transition.

“Whoever tried to assault the tourists and the tomb of President Bourguiba are criminals who want to destroy the economy and democratic transition in Tunisia,” he said.

“They will not succeed, thanks to the vigilance of our security and our army and our unity against terrorism.”