Tunisia Closes Its Border with Libya after Bomb Blast

Rabat – The Tunisian government has announced the country will close its borders with Libya for 15 days after the bus bombing that killed 12 people and injuring 20 more.The announcement by the interior ministry comes a day after a bomb blast in a bus carrying presidential guard personnel in the nation’s capital Tunis which was later claimed by militant group ISIS.The National Security Council decided to close the frontier from midnight on November 25 with increased and ‘reinforced surveillance of maritime borders and in airports’, according to a statement. Also stepping up operations to block websites linked to terrorism, authorities ‘will take urgent measures’ against Tunisians returning from conflict zones, ‘in line with the anti-terrorist law,’ the statement added.After the blast Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi ordered a city-wide curfew for Tunis and a nationwide state of emergency, as the country faces the aftermath of its third major terrorist attack this year.In June, a state of emergency was imposed after an ISIS gunman killed 38 foreign tourists at a resort in Sousse.Two ISIS gunmen killed 21 tourists and a policeman at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, in March.On Monday, a ISIS linked jihadist group claimed the beheading of a young Tunisian shepherd accusing him of having informed the army about their movements.

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