TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) Tunisian officials say two police officers were killed and a third was wounded Thursday in an ambush by suspected terrorists.

The interior ministry said in a statement that the victims were traveling in a vehicle which came under attack while passing in front of a house in Goubellat, a small town in northwest Tunisia about 100 km (60 miles) from Tunis.

Eyewitnesses cited by Mosaique FM radio said around 10 assailants fled the scene after riddling the police vehicle with bullets. An operation by security forces and the army seeking to capture the attackers was underway Thursday afternoon in a nearby mountainous area.