Police and firefighters gather at the scene of an explosion near the US embassy in the Tunisian capital Tunis. Image Credit: AFP

Tunis: A militant blew himself up near the US embassy in Tunis on Friday, Tunisian Radio Mosaique reported without giving further details.

Tunisian media reported at least 5 police officers were wounded in the series explosions.

The blast caused panic among pedestrians near the embassy in the Berges du Lac district, images shared online showed.

A Reuters reporter saw a scorched, damaged motorbike and a damaged police vehicle a few metres from the embassy's main gate, as a helicopter whirled overhead and large numbers of police gathered.

Radio Mosaique, a local radio station, reported that the attacker had injured five police officers when blowing himself up. The station also reported that there may have been a second perpetrator.

Sirens could be heard on the major highway linking the Lac district, where the embassy is located, with Tunis and suburbs in the north.

UAE condemns attack

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has strongly condemned the terrorist attack targeting security forces near the US Embassy in the capital of Tunis, which killed a police man and wounded others.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, affirmed that the UAE strongly denounces these criminal acts, stressing the county’s steadfast stance, which rejects all forms of violence and terrorism aiming to destabilize security and stability and is incompatible with religious and human values and principles.

The Ministry expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished those injured a speedy recovery. - WAM