Tourists killed at Tunis museum

Posted by Warren Fyfe on March 18, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed Bardo Museum, 18 March 2015Security forces could be seen outside the museum

At least seven foreign tourists and a Tunisian have been killed after gunmen targeted a museum in the Tunisian capital, officials say.

British, Italian, French and Spanish nationals were among those taken hostage, local radio reported.

The shooting happened at the Bardo Museum, which is next to the parliament building in central Tunis.

At the time of the attack deputies were discussing anti-terrorism legislation. Parliament has now been evacuated.

“A terrorist attack [targeted] the Bardo Museum,” interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told journalists.

He said that the attack involved “two or more terrorists armed with Kalashnikovs”.

Most tourists were evacuated but some were still believed to be inside, Mr Aroui said, adding that security forces had entered the museum.

The museum, renowned for its collection of antiquities, is a major tourist attraction in Tunis.

Concerns about security in Tunisia have increased as neighbouring Libya has become increasingly unstable.

A large number of Tunisians have also left to fight in Syria and Iraq, triggering worries that returning militants could carry out attacks at home.

Map of Tunis


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