PH embassy tells Filipinos in Tunis to ‘remain vigilant’ after suicide attacks


Posted at Jun 28 2019 12:49 AM

Police officers are seen at the site of an explosion in downtown Tunis, Tunisia, June 27, 2019. Zoubeir Souissi, Reuters

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli urged all Filipinos living in Tunis to remain vigilant after 2 suicide attacks shook the capital of Tunisia on Thursday.

Thursday's blasts — one on a central avenue and another against a security base — killed a police officer and wounded at least 8 people including several civilians, the Tunisia interior ministry said.

"​In this connection, the Embassy requests all Filipino nationals in Tunis to remain vigilant, avoid these areas and take the necessary precautions," the Philippine consulate in Tripoli said in a statement.

The consulate said Filipinos in Tunis can contact the Interim Legation and the Philippine Consulate in Tunis at +216 50 926 251 in case of emergency.

The country was plunged into uncertainty with the hospitalization of President Beji Caid Essebsi after news of the attacks broke.
The government announced that Essebsi "was taken seriously ill and transferred to the military hospital in Tunis."

Key adviser Firas Guefrech described the 92-year-old leader as in "critical condition." — With a report from Agence France-Presse