FCO warns of ‘high threat’ of terrorism in Tunisia

FCO warns of 'high threat' of terrorism in Tunisia

A warning of a “high threat” from terrorism in Tunisia has been issued just ahead of the summer peak holiday period.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advice to the north African country today (Wednesday).

“There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” the advisory said.

The British Embassy is in regular contact with the Tunisian authorities and the travel advice is being kept under constant review.

An explosion was reported on the beach next to the Riadh Palm Hotel in the resort of Sousse last October and there have been a series of outbreaks of violence since.

Sixteen people with explosives, planning attacks on industrial sites and tourist areas, were arrested near the southern border with Libya in May.

Parliamentary elections are due to take place on October 26 followed by presidential elections on November 23 after a new constitution was agreed in January.

The FCO said: “The possibility of further attacks, including in the coastal resorts and desert areas can’t be ruled out and the Ministry of the Interior has warned of an increase in threats during the month of Ramadan and in the run up to the elections.”

A total of 408,655 Britons visited Tunisia in 2013.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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