At least 11 dead in attack on Tunisia military bus

The Tunisian Presidency has confirmed an explosion ripped through the bus in the capital Tunis this evening.

FILE: Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. Picture: AFP

TUNIS - At least 11 people have been killed in an attack on a bus carrying presidential guards in Tunisia.

No further details have been divulged but the Tunisian presidency has confirmed an explosion ripped through the bus in the capital Tunis this evening.

Security and presidential sources said the explosion was an attack, adding it was not immediately clear whether it was a bomb or an explosive fired at the bus as it travelled along Mohamed V Avenue.

Ambulances have rushed to the scene on a major intersection and security forces have sealed off the area.

Tunisia has suffered major attacks targeting the tourism industry this year.

In March, 21 tourists were gunned down at the Bardo museum.

Just three months later a gunman killed 38 foreigners at a beach hotel in June.

Islamic state claimed both attacks.

The army has also been fighting against another Islamist militant group in the mountains near the Algerian border. Militants have hit checkpoints and patrols in rural areas in the past.

Additional reporting by Reuters