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At least 11 people have died after a bus carrying the Tunisian presidential guard exploded.

The blast occurred on a main avenue in Tunis, the capital of the North African country, according to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

The incident is unfolded on Mohamed V Avenue, Radio Mosaique reported according to BBC News.The spokesman had previously said that six people had died, but later updated the death toll.

​The cause of the explosion is not yet clear.

Amid a heightened climate of fear following terror attacks carried out by Isis in Beirut and Paris, the Tunisian authorities increased the security level in the capital ten days ago and deployed security forces in unusually high numbers.

The Tunisian authorities recently announced that they had caught a terror cell it said had planned attacks at police stations and hotels in the seaside city of Sousse, around 150 kilometers (95 miles) southeast of Tunis.

The explosion comes in the same year that gunmen stormed the Bardo museum in Tunis killing 22 people; and a shooter on a beach in Sousse killed 38 people including 30 Britons.

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