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Tunisia has open borders with both Algeria and Libya, two countries known for terrorist activities. No Americans have been subject to terrorist attacks in the country, but a terrorist attack occurred on the island of Jerba on April 11, 2002, when a truck full of explosives detonated near a synagogue. 21 people were killed in the incident, including 14 Germans, 5 Tunisians, and 2 Frenchmen. The terrorist group Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.
Crime in Tunisia is on the rise. Be especially cautious around touristy areas like historic sites, museums and on buses or trains. If you are driving in Jerba, don't leave valuables in the car, especially electronics like computers, music players and cameras. To avoid muggings, don't walk by yourself, especially in isolated areas or after dark. If you are using an ATM make sure that nobody watches as you enter your PIN. Popular methods of robbing tourists in Jerba are running up and snatching handbags or purses, or riding by on a motorcycle and stealing things. Females traveling alone should be especially cautious, as they are subject to harassment from men. Women are advised to travel in groups of at least two.