On March 6, 2020, suicide bomber or bombers reportedly on a motorbike blew themselves up outside the US Embassy in Tunisia. The Embassy issued a security alert noting the closure of its public entrance:
“Due to the March 6 attack and ongoing investigation, the U.S. Embassy’s public entrance remains closed. We remind U.S. citizens to review the Department of State’s travel advisory for Tunisia and to maintain personal vigilance. U.S. Citizens requiring emergency services should dial +216 71 107 000 for assistance.
U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Donald Bloom released a statement thanking the Tunisian authorities for their swift response:
“I would like to thank the Tunisian authorities for their immediate protection of the U.S. Embassy today, as well as their rapid response in investigating the situation. We are outraged by the attack and saddened to learn of the loss of Lieutenant Taoufik Missaoui, and offer sincere condolences to his family and colleagues. We also wish for a speedy recovery to the brave Tunisian officers who were injured. All personnel at the U.S. Embassy are safe and accounted for. The Tunisian security forces were professional and thorough. We reaffirm our commitment to our longstanding friendship with Tunisia and our alliance with them against the scourge of terrorism.”
- Security Alert: U.S. Embassy’s Public Entrance Closed, U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia (6 March, 2020)
- Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tunis -Explosion Near U.S. Embassy – March 6, 2020 (6 March, 2020)
السفير الأمريكي دونالد بلوم 1/2: "أودّ أنْ أشكر السلطات التونسية على تأمينها الفوري للسفارة الأمريكية اليوم وعلى استجابتهم السريعة للتحقيق في الوضع. نشعر بالغضب من هذا الهجوم، وتلَقّيْنا ببالغ الأسى نَبَأ وفاة المُلازِم أوّل توفيق الميساوي ونقدّم خالص التعازي لعائلته وزملائه." pic.twitter.com/I0oDq8BWPD
— U.S. Embassy Tunis (@usembassytunis) March 6, 2020
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 6, 2020
Two militants and one police officer were killed in Tunis after an attempted suicide attack on the US embassy.https://t.co/mviG9Ut3Fd
— The New Arab (@The_NewArab) March 6, 2020
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) March 6, 2020
▶️ Security forces patrolled in the aftermath of a suicide bombing that wounded five police officers outside the U.S. embassy in the Tunisian capital of Tunis.
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) March 6, 2020