IS claims responsibility for Tunisia shooting

IS claims responsibility for Tunisia shooting
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a shooting in military barracks in Tunis, but officials deny the rampage was an act of terrorism.
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Tunisia has seen an upsurge in Islamist militancy since 2011 [Getty]

Islamic State said that it was behind an attack in a Tunisian military barrack which killed several troops.

The militants made the claim in a posting on social media

The incident on Monday saw a Tunisian soldier open fire on comrades near parliament on Monday, killing seven before being shot dead, but the interior ministry said it was not a "terrorist" attack. 

The shooting at the Bouchoucha barracks, not far from the Bardo National Museum where gunmen killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman in March, triggered a security alert across the Bardo district. 

"There were dead and wounded," interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said. 

"The incident which took place at the Bouchoucha barracks is not connected with a terrorist operation," he added.  

No motive for the shooting has been given. 

An AFP correspondent heard two volleys of gunfire from inside the barracks at around 8:45 am (0745 GMT), before an ambulance emerged, its siren blaring.  

The interior ministry's elite Counterterrorism Brigade deployed in force across the area, an AFP photographer reported.  

Police with sniffer dogs checked parked vehicles for fear of car bombs in the district, which also houses two police barracks.  

Tunis has been on high alert ever since the March massacre at the National Bardo Museum, which dealt a heavy blow to the vital tourism industry.  

Tunisia has seen an upsurge in Islamist militancy since the Arab Spring revolt which toppled veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.