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Tunisia PM reveals terror plot fear

Published 08/07/2015

An armed policeman patrols on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia
An armed policeman patrols on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia

Authorities in Tunisia believe terrorist plots aimed at producing mass death tolls and destruction of the country's economy are in the works, the prime minister has said.

Habib Essid, addressing parliament, said the fears justify the state of emergency declared after a second deadly attack on tourists in three months.

Mr Essid implied that personal freedoms guaranteed by the constitution should not be affected by the "exceptional measures".

The state of emergency was declared on Saturday, days after the July 26 attack on a hotel in Sousse that killed 38 tourists. That came three months after an attack on a museum near Tunis that killed 22.

Mr Essid said authorities believe Tunisia faces "terrorist plots with the objective of creating instability ... and operations aimed at killing as many people as possible and destroying ... the economy".

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