Gunmen storm Tunisian museum, kill 17 foreign tourists

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Gunmen storm Tunisian museum, kill 17 foreign tourists| Reuters

Gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed Tunisia's national museum on Wednesday, killing 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians in one of the worst militant attacks in a country that had largely escaped the region's "Arab Spring" turmoil.

Five Japanese as well as visitors from Italy, Poland and Spain were among the dead in the noon assault on Bardo museum inside the heavily guarded parliament compound in central Tunis, Prime Minister Habib Essid said.

"They just started opening fire on the tourists as they were getting out of the buses ... I couldn't see anything except blood and the dead," the driver of a tourist coach told journalists at the scene.

Scores of visitors fled into the museum and the militants - who authorities did not immediately link to any extremist group - took hostages inside, officials said. Security forces entered around two hours later, killed two militants and freed the captives, a government spokesman said. A police officer died in the operation.

The attack on such a high-profile target is a blow for the small North African country that relies heavily on European tourism and has mostly avoided major militant violence since its 2011 uprising to oust autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Several Islamist militant groups have emerged in Tunisia since the uprising, and authorities estimate about 3,000 Tunisians have also joined fighters in Iraq and Syria -- igniting fears they could return and mount attacks at home.

"All Tunisians should be united after this attack which was aimed at destroying the Tunisian economy," Prime Minister Essid declared in a national address.
 

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This is going to cause a confusion, since the gunman wore military clothing and citizens may think it is the army doing the attack and lose thier faith in them if it is not resolved. It is sad when this happens just, random shooting at people who have not part or done nothing to you and they have to lose thier lives in this sort of incidents which the rebels think it is furthering thier cause and want to scare people by doing this. The president needs to do more and make the country stable, and remove the rebels and the ones who are working against the country which is needed real soon.
 

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