The Free Tunisian Radio Network has announced that a terrorist attack at the Tunisian parliament on Wednesday was foiled by security forces.
The station says that around 1,000 people were evacuated from the parliament building, which was attacked by a group of armed men.
There were no reports of casualties.
In the aftermath of the attack, Tunisia’s government issued a decree requiring all mosques and churches to be closed and all people who are suspected of being terrorists detained.
According to the decree, any Tunisian suspected of having joined a terrorist group should be detained.
“Terrorists are not people who fight for a cause, but people who wage war,” Tunisian Interior Minister Mustapha el-Moukhtar said in a televised address, as reported by Tunisian media.
“We must stop the war in order to defend ourselves.”
The decree was later revoked.
“Tunisia has become a dangerous place,” Prime Minister Zine El Abidine Ben Ali told the nation, as quoted by the Associated Press.
“It has been the target of attacks for decades, and we have a duty to protect the nation and its people.”