Tunisia gov't says to close 80 mosques for inciting 'violence'

Published: June 27, 2015
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Tunisian security forces stand in front of the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015, following a shooting attack. PHOTO AFP

Tunisian security forces stand in front of the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015, following a shooting attack. PHOTO AFP

TUNIS: Tunisia plans within a week to close down 80 mosques that remain outside state control for inciting violence, as a countermeasure after the hotel attack that killed 39 people, Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Friday.

The announcement came after a gunman opened fire on a tourist resort hotel in Sousse city, south of the capital. Since its 2011 uprising to oust Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has struggled to manage ultraconservative movements.

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At least 27 people, including foreigners, were killed Friday in a mass shooting at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country’s worst attack in recent history, AFP reported.

Witnesses described scenes of panic and confusion after the shooting at a hotel in a district of Sousse, about 140 kilometres (87 miles) south of Tunis.

An armed man “entered through the back of the hotel and opened fire”, said interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui. A dozen more people were reported to have been hospitalised.

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“It was a terrorist attack” targeting the Marhaba Hotel in the Port El Kantaoui district, Aroui said.

The shooting came just months after a March attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • R.J.
    Jun 27, 2015 - 11:21AM

    Islam is a religion of peace, therefore closing mosques will result in increased violence.Recommend

  • Dr Shaikh
    Jun 27, 2015 - 3:08PM

    This is what we must do too in Pakistan. Close all the mosques and madrasas that are sowing hatredRecommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Jun 28, 2015 - 3:54PM

    We are seeing the result of the war on Iraq which caused destruction of the cities and war on Libya which destroyed a government. It is not too late for the West to change their policies and stop intervening in other countries affaires. In other words, the West should stop being a world policeman. UN and other international forums should be used to maintain peace and tranquility in the world. Will the West listen?Recommend

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