Tunisian embassy attacked by fire bombs

Several fire bombs were thrown at the Tunisian embassy in the Swiss capital Bern early on Wednesday.

This content was published on January 12, 2011 minutes and agencies

The fire bombs failed to ignite and caused minimal damage, Bern police said. The attack took place shortly after midnight and the unknown assailants managed to get away.

Police have appealed for witnesses and said they were studying motives for the attack.

Tunisia has been rocked in recent days by a wave of violence that officials say has killed 23 people, the worst public unrest in the 23-year rule of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Protesters say they want jobs and better living conditions. The authorities say demonstrations have been hijacked by a minority of violent extremists armed with petrol bombs and clubs.

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