An armed group robbed a Tunisian bank in Kasserine near the Algerian border in an attack with a “terrorist background”, a Tunisian security official said.
Eleven men, some armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, hijacked a car and four stormed the bank and seized an unknown amount of cash, the official said. They escaped. The security official had no further details.
Tunisia has been on high security alert since 2015 when Islamic State gunmen killed dozens of tourists in a museum in the capital and on a beach in the resort city Sousse.
Since then security has improved with only sporadic smaller attacks, allowing the tourism industry to recover as foreigners return to Tunisia’s Mediterranean beaches.
Authorities say more than 3,000 Tunisians left to fight for jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Many were killed in battle while others were jailed or put under house arrest after returning to Tunisia.