Security officials in Tunisia say three assailants, described as suspected terrorists, were shot dead after they attacked and killed a police officer and wounded another in a knife attack in the coastal resort of Sousse on Sunday.
The suspected militants rammed their vehicle into a national guard checkpoint at a junction near the city’s port.
The latest incident comes two days after a new government was sworn in.
National guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli said, the knifemen stole guns and a police vehicle with which they got away after the attack. Security forces took off after them through the tourist areas of el Kantaoui.
Five years ago, an Islamic state militant shot dead 39 foreigners on a beach in Sousse, triggering an exodus of tourists and severely damaging Tunisia’s economy.
Since then, foreign diplomats say, the country has grown more effective in preventing and responding to attacks.
Kantaoui is a district full of hotels currently empty as tourists stay away during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The last serious attack in Tunisia was in March, when two militants on a motorbike blew themselves up outside the U.S. embassy in Tunis, killing a policeman and wounding several others.
ECOWAS Hints At Lifting Mali Sanctions
Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have hinted on lifting sanctions earlier imposed on Mali in the wake of last month’s coup. Imports to land-locked Mali have slumped since the imposition of a trade embargo.
ECOWAS envoy, Nigerian former president, Goodluck Jonathan said Mali military officers, who overthrew president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, were acceding to international calls for a transition to civilian rule.
The military junta announced a former minister of defence, Bah Nda`Oh, as interim leader that would oversee a transition to a civilian-led government. Coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, has been named vice-president.
Cameroon: Protesters Call For End To Bloodshed From Anglophone Crisis
Protesters in Cameroon have called for a ceasefire and negotiations to end a long-running conflict between Anglophone separatists and security forces. More than 3,000 lives have so far been lost in the conflict. The protesters are also demanding a reform of the electoral system.
Police and soldiers had taken up positions in several cities, including Douala, and the capital-Yaounde, since opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, called for a peaceful demonstration.
Police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest by hundreds of people in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala on Tuesday. They were calling for an end to bloodshed in the country’s Anglophone regions. At least one protester was reported killed.
Last month Kamto, head of the movement for the rebirth of Cameroon and runner-up to president Paul Biya in a 2018 election, labelled Biya`s government a “kleptocracy.” Kamto accused 87-year-old Biya of “ruling through disdain and terror,” and urged a “giant campaign calling for the pure and simple departure of Paul Biya from power.”
Ghana’s Nurses And Midwives Call Off Strike
Ghanaian nurses and midwives have called off their indefinite strike to resume work today following the government’s promise to conclude negotiations within a month.
The nurses and midwives are demanding better terms of service including rent and transport allowances.
The strike left many patients stranded, and some dead, in medical facilities across the country.
The National Labour Commission secured a court order to enforce an earlier injunction meant to end the strike and compel the healthcare workers to continue negotiations with the government.
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