Tunisia: German Holidaymakers Stabbed in Further Blow to Tourist Industry

Published July 1st, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
Tunisian security personnel monitor the beach following the 2015 Sousse mass shooting which killed 38 at a tourist resort (AFP)
Tunisian security personnel monitor the beach following the 2015 Sousse mass shooting which killed 38 at a tourist resort (AFP)

A man described as "mentally disturbed" has stabbed and wounded two German tourists on Friday at a marketplace near Tunisia's northeastern beach resort of Hammamet, authorities said on Friday.

The victims, a German mother and her 27-year-old daughter, were targeted by the assailant while walking through the arts and crafts market of the town of Nabeul, the tourism and interior ministries said in a joint statement.

"The incident is not an act of terrorism", the statement said.

The ministries added that the mother was slightly wounded was treated on the spot, while her daughter "is in stable condition".

Both victims were hospitalised and are "out of danger," the health ministry told AFP.

The attacker was apprehended by security services and is currently in police custody.

Attacks on tourists in Tunisia have shattered the country's once-flourishing tourism industry.

Two attacks on tourists claimed the lives of 59 foreigners and a Tunisian police officer in 2015, sending revenues in the key tourism sector plummeting.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis and on a coastal resort near Sousse.


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