The Islamic State has issued a statement claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted Tunisian presidential guards yesterday. At least 12 people were killed, according to initial casualty reports. The jihadist group also released a photo of the terrorist it says carried out the operation.

The statement says that the bombing resulted in the “destruction of dozens from the presidential security in the heart of Tunisia’s capital.” The Islamic State claims that “God enabled the knight from the knights of martyrdom, the martyr brother Abu Abdullah al Tunisi from the commandos” to carry out the assault on a “bus carrying some members of the presidential security on Mahmoud V street in the center of Tunis.” The message adds that the bombing was intended to show the “Tunisian tyrants that it is not safe for them.”

“He arrived at his objective at dawn, detonating his explosive belt [and] killing nearly two dozen,” the statement reads. The Tunisian government says the number of people killed is actually half the figure claimed by the Islamic State. […]