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Militants 'planning to attack Tunisian capital'

Tunisan police have banned traffic on Bourguiba Avenue and nearby streets to prevent attacks Credit: Reuters

A Tunisian Interior Ministry official has warned of a plan to attack sites in the capital with car bombs and other devices, according to a state news agency.

The television report on TAP said unidentified militants planned to attack "sensitive sites" in Tunis with car bombs and explosive belts.

It added that police had banned traffic on Bourguiba Avenue in the heart of downtown and nearby streets to prevent attacks. There are also increased police patrols and raids around the capital and its suburbs.

In March and June, gunmen attacked the national museum and a beach resort killing nearly 60 foreign tourists. The attacks were claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.

Tunisia arrests 12 people trying to join 'terror group'

Tunisia security forces have arrested 12 people, one of them a woman, who were trying to cross into Libya to join a "terrorist group", the interior ministry said.

Tunisian officials are especially concerned about those entering from Libya.

The suspects said that they had been planning to cross into Libyan territory with the help of a smuggler.

– Tunisia interior ministry statement

Security forces arrested the 12 at a bus stop in the southern town of Ben Guerdane near the border with Libya, the ministry said in a statement.

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Mourners pay respects to Tunisia victims in Walsall

Hundreds of mourners have gathered to their respects to three members of the same family who were killed in the Tunisia beach massacre.

Patrick Evans, 78, his son Adrian, 49, and 19-year-old grandson Joel Richards, died when a gunman opened fire at a resort in Sousse.

Patrick Evans, his grandson Joel and son Adrian are pictured on a plane on their way to Tunisia Credit: West Midlands Police

Joel's younger brother, Owen Richards, was also on holiday with the men but survived the attack.

Addressing a service of thanksgiving in their hometown of Walsall, Monsignor Bruce Harbert said: "Even in their last moments they stayed together, seeking to protect each other.

"Happily, Owen is still with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Owen, wishing you a long, happy and fruitful life, supported by the prayer of your brother, your uncle and your grandfather", he added.

Mourners arrive for funeral of Tunisia victims from same family

Family and friends have gathered in Walsall for a service of thanksgiving being held for three men - from the same family - who were killed in the Tunisia beach attack.

Mourners gather to pay their respects to three generations of the same family

Patrick Evans, 78, his son Adrian, 49, and 19-year-old grandson Joel Richards, died when a gunman opened fire at a beach resort in Sousse.

Football shaped floral tributes in the colours of their favourite team Walsall FC
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