Tunis - Tunisia's interior ministry says that Islamist
extremists have slit the throat of a police officer and knifed him in the heart
as he returned from work.
A ministry statement said the officer was attacked early
Sunday on his way home in a rural zone in Zaghouan, about 40km from Tunis.
A spokesperson for the union overseeing security, Mounir
Khemili, said the attackers also used a sabre to cut off a finger of his right
In December, a National Guard member was beheaded in Kef
near the Algerian border where security forces have been fighting extremists
holed up in the mountains.
Despite sporadic attacks, Tunisia elected a new
president, Beji Caid Essebsi, last month.