Tunisia Bans The Niqab Veil In ‘public’ And Govt Buildings For Security Reasons
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - JULY 20: A woman wears a full face Niqab on the streets July 20, 2010 in Blackburn, England. Syria has banned the wearing of full face veils in its universities. The controversial Islamic niqab and the full face burqa has also seen calls across Europe for them to be banned. Many Islamic groups have called the ban discrimination against Muslims (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Tunisia has banned the niqab veil in ‘public institutions’. Under the new rules, people wearing the Muslim face covering will not be allowed to enter government buildings.

Tunisian Prime minister Youssef Chahed has brought in the new measure ‘for security reasons’, his office said.

Chahed signed a circular on Friday ‘banning access to public administrations and institutions to anyone with their face covered’, a spokesman said.

The ‘security reasons’ were not explained, but Tunisia has been rocked by a series of explosions in recent days.

On Tuesday a wanted militant blew himself up in the capital Tunis after being surrounded by police.

Aymen Smiri was the suspected mastermind behind two bombings in the city on June 27, which killed a police officer and injured eight people.

The attacks prompted Britain to update its travel advice for tourists and warn of a ‘higher risk’ of attacks in Tunisia.

Tunisia’s interior minister instructed police in February 2014 to step up supervision of the wearing of the niqab as part of anti-terrorism measures, to prevent its use as disguise or to escape justice.

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