Tunis museum attack: 20 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site

Tunisian PM says 17 of those killed in ‘cowardly attack’ were foreigners after two gunmen stormed Bardo museum and kept hostages for three hours

(SOURCE)  At least 20 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the Bardo National Museum – one of the country’s leading tourist attractions in the capital, Tunis – sparking a three-hour siege and hostage situation.

Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday that 17 of the dead were foreigners, five from Japan, four from Italy, two from Colombia, two from Spain, and one each from Australia, Poland and France. The nationality of one was not released after an attack he described as a cowardly assault targeting the economy. He said police were searching for two or three of the attackers who remained at large.

Essid said two Tunisian nationals also were killed by the militants. At least 44 people were wounded, including 13 Italians, seven French, four Japanese, two South Africans, one Pole, one Russian and six Tunisians. He did not provide any information regarding the nationalities of the other wounded.

Two Britons were “caught up in” the shootings, the UK Foreign Office said.

“I want the people of Tunisia to understand firstly and lastly that we are in a war with terror, and these savage minority groups will not frighten us,” said newly elected president Beji Caid Essebsi in an evening address to the nation. “The fight against them will continue until they are exterminated.”

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