Suicide bomber in Tunisia a Filipino?

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    THE Philippine Embassy in Libya yesterday said it is verifying reports that a female suicide bomber who blew herself during a counter-terror operation by Tunisian authorities last March 31 is a Filipino.

    The embassy said they are coordinating with Tunisian authorities in verifying the report.

    Last March 31, members of Tunisia’s elite counter-terror unit Garde Nationale Tunisienne killed a suspected terrorist in the Kasserine region whose wife blew herself by activating an explosive belt.

    The incident left three people dead, including a baby the suicide bomber was carrying in her arms.

    The embassy said news reports in Tunisia claimed that the suicide bomber is a Filipina.

    “The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, along with the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Tunis, is currently coordinating with Tunisian authorities on the identity and nationality of the female suicide bomber,” the embassy said in a statement.

    There are 168 Filipinos living and working in Tunisia and their welfare is being monitored by the embassy in Tripoli and the honorary consulate in Tunis.

    Because of Tunisia’s strategic location, it has been used by the Department of Foreign Affairs, along with Egypt and Malta, as a major exit point for Filipinos going out of Libya.