Tunisia declared a state of emergency throughout the country on Tuesday and imposed a curfew on the capital Tunis, after a jihadist attack on presidential guard Tuesday afternoon killed at least 12 people.
It is the second time that the government is taking this action after maintaining the state of emergency for two and a half months, declared after the attack on June 26 killed 38 foreign tourists on a beach in the coastal town of Susa.
This time, the security forces arrested about 2,000 people and dismantled dozens of alleged jihadist cells, some of them apparently offering help to the attack.
"I think it's unfortunate, it's overwhelming. We are experiencing in Tunisia the same thing that happened in Paris. What is happening in all countries is more than painful, but devastating. We must stay and help each other. All countries should be now truly united, and united to fight this terrorism," said Lajmi Saida, a local resident who rushed to the scene of the attack to express sympathy.
Tuesday's attack was allegedly committed by a suicide bomber, who detonated a bomb when a bus carrying presidential security guard was passing the party headquarters of former leader Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
Most of the 12 killed in the attack are the presidential guards, according to the EFE news agency.
Tuesday's attack is the third jihadist attack that Tunisia suffered this year since two men killed 22 foreign tourists on March 18 in the largest Bardo Mus