Gunmen in military uniforms stormed Tunisia’s national museum, killing at least 19 people — most of them foreign tourists. Visitors from Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain were reportedly among the
Gunmen storm Tunisian museum, kill 17 foreign tourists, two Tunisians
Gunmen in military uniforms stormed Tunisia’s national museum, killing at least 19 people — most of them foreign tourists.
Visitors from Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain were reportedly among the dead in the noon assault on the Bardo museum near parliament in central Tunis.
Twenty-two tourists were also reported wounded.
A government spokesman said security forces stormed the former palace, about two hours later, killing two militants and freeing other tourists held hostage inside.
One policeman was killed in the police operation.
Prime Minister Habib Essid said all Tunisians should be united after this attack which he said was designed to destroy Tunisia’s economy.
The North African country relies heavily on European tourism.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Islamic State militants were behind the attack and that the EU will support Tunisia in the fight against terrorism.
Islamic State militants have become especially active in neighboring Libya and several Islamist militant groups emerged in Tunisia after its 2011 uprising against an autocratic president.
The attack on such a high-profile target is a blow for Tunisia.
It’s one of the worst militant attacks in a country that has largely escaped the regional turmoil of the “Arab Spring”.