Family of Tunisia woman suicide bomber left asking why

The mother of a woman who blew herself up in the Tunisian capital on October 29, 2018 mourns mourns a day later at their family home in Zorda. AFP PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Almost eight years since a revolution that toppled Tunisia's longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the country's economy is stagnant and around a third of young graduates are unemployed.
  • For political scientist Selim Kharrat, the young bomber "has the typical profile of radicalised youth -- often from disadvantaged rural areas, disillusioned and without horizons despite their studies".

The family of an unemployed Tunisian graduate who blew herself up in the capital struggled Tuesday to come to terms with what pushed her to carry out the country's first female suicide attack.


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