Tunisia arrests 2 men for deliberate attempt to infect police officers with coronavirus
London, April 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)– Two men, including a suspected member of a militant network, have been arrested in Tunisia over an alleged “terrorist” plot to infect security force personnel with coronavirus.
The suspected militant is accused of having used his influence over supporters displaying symptoms of the virus, the interior ministry said in a statement.
The other accused, who was already under surveillance and required to report regularly to a police station, told interrogators said that he was instructed to deliberately cough everywhere to contaminate officers during his visit
Tests are being carried out to determine if the second arrested man is infected with the novel coronavirus, the ministry said.
The two men were arrested Monday in Kebili in southern Tunisia, according to National Guard spokesman Houssem Eddine Jebabli.
Tunisia, which has registered hundreds of coronavirus infections and several dozen deaths, has been under a state of emergency since a string of militant attacks in 2015.