Five individuals were arrested in Tunisia over the suicide attack near the US embassy in Tunis, which killed a police officer, announced anti-terrorism spokesman Sofiene Sliti.
The five detainees are held at a police station in the capital’s el-Gorjani district specializing in anti-terrorism investigations, according to Sliti.
Last Friday, two militants on a motorbike blew themselves near the embassy’s main gate, killing one policeman and injuring several others of the police unit stationed there.
Sliti stressed that security and judicial investigations are still ongoing, pending the identification of the materials used in the explosives.
Earlier, Interior Ministry announced it arrested a couple who were in contact with the terrorists who attacked the Tunisian security unit.
After the incident, the US embassy tweeted a statement from US Ambassador Donald Blome that said: “We reaffirm our commitment to our longstanding friendship with Tunisia and our alliance with them against the scourge of terrorism.”
Tunisian security sources later confirmed that the materials used in the suicide attack were among the most dangerous materials used by terrorist organizations in recent years that carried out their operations in the country.
They believe the materials were smuggled across the desert trails from neighboring Libya.
The security sources indicated that the remains of the two bodies of the perpetrators were scattered 300 meters away and even reached the third floor of a building near the scene.
Tunisian explosives experts confirmed that such type of suicide bombers could cause major losses within a half kilometer of the location of the terrorist attack.
During the past years, the Tunisian border protection units succeeded in thwarting several attempts to smuggle weapons and explosives inside the country.
Over the past few days, authorities seized more than 100 weapons and hunting rifles and explosive materials smuggled from Libya, and security investigations indicated that they were of Turkish origin.