Police kill two women in tense region of Tunisia
An internal security patrol was stationed by the roadside in Kasserine, in central-western Tunisia
Police killed two young women in a tense region of Tunisia early Saturday, mistaking them for members of an armed group, the interior ministry and a relative said.
An internal security patrol was stationed by the roadside in Kasserine, in central-western Tunisia, “after a citizen supplied information about an armed group heading for the town,” the ministry said in a statement.
“A car went past at high speed” and ignored warning signals and shots in the air.
“It carried on going, causing the officers to open fire, wounding two young women in the car, who later died,” the statement said.
Ashraf Hendiri, a cousin of the women, told an AFP correspondent in Kasserine that he was also in the car and that the driver refused to stop fearing the people by the road were “terrorists.”
In the interior ministry's statement, it stressed “the need to obey police orders, especially in the current special situation.”
The ministry said it “regrets the death of the two young women and offers its condolences to their families.”
Kasserine is at the foot of Mount Chaambi, where the army has for more than a year and a half been hunting down a jihadist group blamed for deadly attacks on security forces.
In May, four policemen guarding the interior minister's house in the town were killed in an armed attack.
Attack on Sunni mosque kills at least 70 in IraqA police officer said that local militants broke into the mosque and opened fire in Imam Wais village, wounding 35 others Middle East
Police: Swiss mosque shooting kills oneOne person is killed in a shooting in the prayer hall of a Swiss mosque, police say World News
Israeli airstrike kills three Hamas commandersPalestinian Police said an Israeli strike destroyed a four-story structure in Rafah, killing at least six people Middle East
UK Muslims further support MI5 to quash ISISMuslims in the UK said they would work with police and intelligence to help find extremists associated with the ISIS World News
Dubai police introduce three-wheeled bike to lavish fleetThe department added a Can Am Spyder superbike to its fleet in June fter introducing several supercars Variety
Palestinians show online solidarity to Ferguson protestersThe tweets started as photos of armed police in riot gear and armoured tanks emerged on Wednesday evening Digital