9 people injured in terrorist attack near hotel in downtown Tunis

Suicide bomber strikes in Tunisian capital's tourist district

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A woman has blown herself up in an apparent terrorist attack in Tunisia’s capital, reportedly injuring eight police officers. People were seen running for their lives after the bomb exploded on a busy street.

The explosion took place on Habib Bourguiba avenue, central Tunis, near the city’s Municipal Theater.

Witness Mohamed Ekbal bin Rajib said that he was “in front of the theater and heard a huge explosion and saw people fleeing,” Ambulances also could be heard rushing to the scene.

Several ambulances and police are already on the scene, as videos uploaded to social media show officials examining the body of the woman and trying control panicked crowds.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sufian al-Zaq has confirmed that eight police and one citizen have been injured in the explosion, Local Arabic newspaper Al Chourouk reports. The bombing took place next to a police van and near a hotel.