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Fire bombs target Tunisian embassy in Switzerland

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-01-12

Swiss police said they were seeking witnesses after an attempted fire bombing of the Tunisian embassy in Berne Wednesday. It follows the worst wave of violence in the 23-year rule of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

REUTERS - Several fire bombs were thrown at the Tunisian embassy in the Swiss capital Berne in the early hours of Wednesday, at a time when Tunisia has been hit by a wave of violent protests at home.

The fire bombs failed to ignite and caused minimal damage, police said. The attack took place shortly after midnight and the unknown assailants managed to get away. Police appealed for witnesses and said they were studying motives for the attack.

Tunisia has been rocked in recent days by a wave of violence that officials say has killed 23 civilians, the worst public unrest in the 23-year rule of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Protesters say they want jobs and better living conditions. The authorities say protests have been hijacked by a minority of violent extremists armed with petrol bombs and clubs.
 

Date created : 2011-01-12

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