Tunisia goes into state of emergency

TUNISIAN President Beji Caid Essebsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency, saying another terrorist massacre in the country will "cause the country to collapse".

The move was in response to the June 26 attack in which a gunman opened fire at the beachfront Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba in the coastal city of Sousse.

At least 38 people were killed in the attack, for which IS claimed responsibility, but it was unclear if the terror group had a direct role in it.

The state of emergency declaration gave the military and police more authority to combat terrorism and placed restrictions on such rights as public assembly.

In a televised address to the nation, the President mentioned the terror group Islamic State by name and declared Tunisia at war with extremism.

"Tunisia faces a very serious danger and it should take any possible measures to maintain security and safety," CNN quoted Mr Essebsi as saying.

"Terrorism is spreading.

"I believe, and I say this plainly and clearly, if this were to happen, which happened in Sousse. If this were to happen again, the country would collapse.

"We are in a state of war."


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