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Tunisia bans veil in public institutions after bombing | News

The Tunisian Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed, has forbidden to wear niqab – a full-face veil – in public institutions with immediate effect, citing security reasons.

"Chahed signed a government decree that bore any person with an unlocked face from access to the public headquarters, administrations, institutions for security reasons," an official source told Reuters News Agency Friday.

The decision reported on state media comes at a time of increased security in the country after a double suicide bombing in the capital, Tunis on June 27, leaving two people dead and seven wounded.

Witnesses said one of the bombs was disguised in a niqab. The Interior Ministry denied this and said that the mastermind of the bomb blew itself on Tuesday to avoid being caught.

The attack was the third such event within a week and came at the peak of the tourist season when Tunisia was preparing for an autumn parliamentary election. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIL or ISIS) claimed responsibility for all three attacks.

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1, women were allowed to wear the hijab and niqab in Tunisia after a decade of ban under secular presidents Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Habib Bourguiba, who rejected all forms of Islamic dress.

In February 2014, the Interior Minister instructed the police to increase the supervision of wearing niqab as part of anti-terrorism measures to prevent its use as a disguise.

Several European, African and Asian countries have issued complete or partial bans on obscuring security concerns and the garment's perception of the freedoms of the burglary.

Tunisia had fought against armed groups operating in remote areas near the Algerian border since an uprising overthrew Ben Ali in 2011.

Tunisia is one of the few countries in the Middle East where Islamic and secular parties share rule . It is regarded as the only democratic success story of the Arab Spring Rebellion, but has struggled with an economic downturn and social unrest.

Al Jazeera and news agencies

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