Tunisian police thwarted an attack planned by a woman coming from Syria, where she received training “with terrorist groups,” targeting tourist areas in the country, the interior ministry said on Friday.
It added that the woman, who was planning attacks with an explosive belt, was imprisoned.
The ministry said the woman returned to Tunisia from Syria via Turkey on Jan. 10 after spending a year of training in Syria, where she planned the attack.
Tunisian security forces have thwarted most militant plots in recent years and they have become more efficient at responding to those attacks that do occur, Western diplomats say.
In November police shot and wounded an extremist who sought to attack them with a knife and cleaver in the capital.
The last major attacks in Tunisia took place in 2015 when militants killed scores of people in two separate assaults at a museum in Tunis and a beach resort in Sousse.
Tunisia police block MPs’ access to suspended parliament amid political crisisSecurity forces deployed heavily around Tunisia’s parliament on Friday to block MPs demanding access to the legislature, whose activities were ... North Africa
Protesters set fire to police station in southern Tunisia amid a growing waste crisisTunisian protesters angered by an authority’s decision to reopen a controlled landfill in the southern town of Agareb set fire to a police station on ... North Africa