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Report: Suicide bombers set off explosion near US Embassy in Tunisia, killing one police officer, wounding others


No group has claimed responsibility yet

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Two suicide bombers set off an explosion near the United States Embassy in the capital city of Tunisia Friday, killing one police officer and wounding several more.

The bombers reportedly drove up to the embassy building on a motorcycle at around 11 a.m. local time. They approached the police patrol near the embassy as if to ask questions before they detonated the bomb.

The two bombers were killed in the explosion along with one police officer. Five more have been wounded, including four officers and one civilian, officials confirmed shortly after the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet.

The U.S. Embassy confirmed the attack in Tunis on Twitter and said that emergency personnel are responding to the incident.

A local photographer posted pictures of the attack's aftermath on Twitter, showing the police patrol vehicle destroyed and debris cluttering the street. But the accuracy of the images cannot be confirmed.

Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spiring uprisings in 2011 and in recent years has been the target of numerous Islamic extremist attacks.

But the New York Times is calling the suicide bombing on Friday the most serious attack to hit the country in recent months.

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