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State of emergency declared in Tunisia

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Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a nationwide state of emergency and a curfew in the capital after a bomb attack on a presidential guard bus killed at least 12 people.

A security source at the site said “most of the agents who were on the bus are dead” after the attack in Tunis, which has become a target of jihadist violence since the 2011 revolution.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for yesterday’s bombing, which a ministry official said also wounded 20 people when it went off on Mohamed V Avenue, just as this year’s 26th Carthage Film Festival was in full swing.

Essebsi, who cancelled a trip to Switzerland for today, declared a state of emergency throughout the country and a curfew in the capital.

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