A female suicide bomber blew herself up Monday afternoon in the center of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, injuring at least nine people, the Tunisian authorities said.
The 30-year-old woman who was not previously known to authorities, detonated near a police patrol, wounding eight security personnel and one civilian, spokesman of the interior ministry, Sofiene Zaag, said in a statement.
The bomber was the only person killed in the explosion, which struck near a theater on Habib Bourguiba avenue, one of the city’s central thoroughfares.
Eight police officers were among the injured, and one civilian. Apart from the bomber, there have been no further reported deaths.
Habib Bourguiba avenue is considered the cultural, political and economic heart of Tunis and is sometimes called Tunisia’s Champs Elysees.