A police officer has been killed and several others injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

The attacks have taken place during peak tourist season when the country is hoping to receive a record number of visitors.

The first suicide bomber targeted a police patrol in Charles de Gaulle Street in central Tunis, according to Reuters. One police officer was killed and at least one other officer and three civilians were wounded, the Interior Ministry confirmed.

A second suicide bomber blew himself up near a police station in al-Qarjani district and wounded four people.

The FCO said it was in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking more information.

It advises visitors in Tunis to avoid the Medina and the area around Avenue Habib Bourguiba, remain vigilant, keep up to date with developments and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.

In 2015, 30 British tourists were killed by an armed terrorist in the Tunisian resort of Sousse.

As a result, the FCO advised against travel to most of Tunisia for two years.

In 2017, the FCO softened its advice and Thomas Cook and Tui restarted programmes to the country last year.

Last week Tunisia’s UK tourism chief said UK visitor numbers were expected to reach at least 200,000 by the end of this year, up from 124,000 in 2018.

Last October, a woman blew herself up in the centre of Tunis, wounding 15 people including 10 police officers.

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