Filipinos in Tunis cautioned after twin bomb attacks

A municipality worker sprays water at the spot of a suicide attack the previous day on Habib Bourguiba avenue in the heart of the Tunisian capital Tunis on June 28, 2019, a day after the blast, targeting police and national guardsmen. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, saying the "executors of the two attacks on Tunisian security elements" were its "fighters", according to US-based monitor SITE Intelligence Group. / AFP / FETHI BELAID

THE Department of Foreign Affairs advised all Filipinos in Tunis to remain vigilant following two explosions in downtown Tunis yesterday.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, through its Interim Legation in Tunis, has received reports of two explosions on Rue de Charles de Gaulle in downtown Tunis around 10 this  morning.

According to initial reports, the explosions involved a suicide bomber and a car bomb that were detonated one after the other near the French Embassy and the headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Police.

In this connection, the Embassy requests all Filipino nationals in Tunis to remain vigilant, avoid these areas and take the necessary precautions.

In case of emergency, the Interim Legation and the Philippine Consulate in Tunis may be reached at +216 50 926 251.