Egypt has condemned the terrorist attack in Tunisia’s coastal city of Sousse, on Sunday, which resulted in the death of one National Guard officer, and left another injured.
In a statement on Monday, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered its condolences to the Tunisian people, and hoped for the wounded officer’s speedy recovery.
“Egypt rejects all forms of terrorism, violence and extremism,” the statement read.
The ministry affirmed that Egypt stands with the Tunisian people in combating terrorism, which targets security and stability.
On Sunday, Tunisian National Guard spokesperson, Houcem Eddine Jebabli, announced that gunmen carrying knives had killed a member of the National Guard and wounded another one, in what has been described as a “terrorist” attack.
Jebabli told the AFP news agency that the security patrol of two National Guard officers was attacked with knives in the centre of Sousse, 140km south of the capital city Tunis.
Security forces pursued the attackers, who seized the weapons and the car in which the National Guard officers were travelling. He added that the “three terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire”.
The attack comes just two days after new Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi was sworn in.
This is not the first time that Sousse has witnessed trouble relating to terrorism. In June 2015, a terrorist attack resulted in the deaths of 38 people, most of them British tourists, with 39 others wounded in a shooting inside a hotel in the city.