File image of civilians looking on as smoke billows from a scene of an explosion (image courtesy AFP)

Authorities in Tunisia say a female suicide bomber blew herself up and injured nine people on Monday near police vehicles in the centre of Tunis, the country’s capital.

Spokesman for the country’s interior ministry Sofiene Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police.

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It was learned that the explosion rattled Tunis, the scene of major jihadist attacks in 2015.