Tunisian authorities have closed down the Jewish Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba a day after an attack carried out by a security force claimed the lives of two civilians and three other security forces.
The shrine saw Wednesday a stronger presence of security forces who have been mobilized to set up security.
President Kais Saied chaired a national security meeting also Wednesday, a day after the attack.
Tuesday, a security officer of the National Guard on the island, gunned down a colleague and collected more ammunition and reportedly headed to the synagogue where there were thousands of tourists and pilgrims.
The security force faced resistance from other members of security at the entrance of the venue. The two sides reportedly traded fires in a shootout. The battle ended with the death of the attacking officer, another officer and two civilians.
Nine other people including four security forces were wounded in the gun battle. One of the injured officers died of his wounds Wednesday, a medical source indicated.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Tunisia since the revolution has witnessed a scourge of attacks that claimed lives of hundreds of people including foreign tourists. Worst attacks took place in 2015.
Source: North Africa Post