Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed bans veils in public places

TUNISIA: The Tunisian prime minister banned the use of the niqab, the full-face veil, in public institutions for security reasons, an official source said on Friday. The decision follows a suicide bombing in Tunisia by a wanted militant. Witnesses said he, who blew himself up on Tuesday, was disguised in a niqab.

It was the third such incident in a week and it came as Tunisia is preparing for the fall elections and on top of a tourist season in which the country hopes to attract a record number of visitors. Islamic State has claimed all three attacks.

“Chahed signed a government decree that bars any person with an undisclosed face from access to public headquarters, administrations, institutions, for security reasons,” the official source said. Tunisia allowed women to wear the and niqab in 2011.