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 Gunmen in Tunisia shoot dead tourists at National Bardo Museum


An Australian is among the 17 tourists killed when gunmen stormed the national museum in Tunis, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid says.

Apart from the Australian, the dead include five Japanese, three Italians, two Colombians, two Spaniards and one each from France and Poland, Essid said on national television.

The nationality of a 16th victim was not given, while the final one had not yet been identified.

The Australian government has yet to confirm the fatality.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said two Spanish citizens had lost their lives in the attack, but did not say whether any Spaniards were injured.

He said the victims were part of a group of tourists who had disembarked from two cruise ships to visit the Tunisian capital Tunis. One of the ships had 60 Spanish nationals on board, the other 30.

“I can’t rule out that there will be more dead or injured,” the minister said at a press conference broadcast live on television.
An Italian Foreign Ministry official said another six Italians were injured in the attack and said the families of the victims had been notified.

Some of the Italians at the museum were also believed to have been passengers on a cruise liner, the Costa Fascinosa that had docked in Tunis while on a seven-day tour of the western Mediterranean. Ship owner Costa Crociere confirmed that some of its 3,161 passengers were visiting Tunis and that a Bardo tour was on the itinerary, but said it couldn’t confirm how many were in the museum at the time.

In Poland, the speaker of the lower house, Radoslaw Sikorski, said “very likely seven Polish people were killed”. The country’s foreign ministry only confirmed 11 injured.

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos for his part confirmed two Colombian deaths.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, speaking at a press conference in Paris alongside his Tunisian counterpart, said six Frenchmen had been hurt in the attack, three of whom were “in a serious condition”. Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid however said one French tourist was among those killed.

A Tunisian bus driver and a Tunisian policeman also lost their lives when gunmen stormed the National Bardo Museum.

There were reports of five gunmen, with two slain by security forces following the deadliest attack on civilians in the North African country in 13 years. Click to read more ...


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