• Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

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    TUNIS: President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) declared a state of emergency following last week’s beach massacre claimed by jihadists that he said had left Tunisia facing a “special type of war.” In another firm response to the June 26 attack claimed by the Islamic State group that killed 38 foreign tourists, several officials were sacked, including the governor of the Sousse region where it took place. The North African state, which has seen an exodus of tourists, has admitted its security services were unprepared for the seaside attack in Port El Kantaoui and that police were too slow to respond. In a televised address to the nation, Essebsi said the state of emergency, effective from Saturday for a 30-day period, was decided on after consultations with the parliament speaker and prime minister.

    AFP

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