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Tunisia extends state of emergency for another month

AP  |  Tunis 

Tunisia's president has decided to prolong a state of emergency enacted because of a threat for another month.

A statement from President Beji Caid Essebsi office issued today said he consulted the prime minister and the head of about the extension. It takes effect immediately.

The state of emergency was put in place nearly 18 months ago.

Presidential spokesman Ridha Boughezzi says the extra time is needed because of "the demands of the fight against "

Tunisia suffered three major attacks in 2015: at the famed Bardo Museum, where 22 people died; at a beach hotel near Sousse, where 38 were killed; and in the center of Tunis on a bus carrying presidential guards, an attack that left 12 dead.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 01:13 IST