Gunmen storm Tunisia museum, kill 19

Bardo Museum Attack; Photo Credits: Times Union

Tunisian forces have shot dead two armed men who killed 19 people and took several others hostage at a museum in the capital, Tunis, on Wednesday.

After freeing the hostages at the Bardo museum, security forces who stormed the antiquity-rich tourist center, killed two gunmen, the country’s authorities said.

Of the 19 people killed, there were 17 foreign tourists including Italian, Spanish, Polish and German nationals, Prime Minister Habib Essid said.

A government spokesman, Mohamed Ali Aroul, said at least two gunmen armed with automatic weapons shot their way into the building, killing tourists and taking hostages.

He added that two gunmen and one security officer died in the operation to retake the building.

Incidentally, at the time of the attack, deputies in the neighbouring parliamentary building were discussing anti-terrorism legislation. The Parliament was evacuated following the attack.

“It is a critical moment in our history, and a defining moment for our future,” Al Aribiya quoted the Prime Minster as saying. “We have not established the identity of the two terrorists. Reports are not final, these two terrorists could have been assisted by two or three other operatives.”

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

 

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: To place a text-based advert here. Call Willie - +2347088095401


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.