19 Killed, Mostly Tourists, In Attack On Tunisian Museum
July 9, 2015
At least 19 people, including 17 tourists, were killed after two gunmen stormed a museum in Tunisia's capital on Wednesday. Several others were injured.
According to CNN, the gunmen were dressed in military garb as they entered Bardo Museum in Tunis and began opening fire. Security forces killed the two attackers, and a manhunt is currently underway for potential accomplices.
The attack coincided with a hearing at the nearby parliamentary building on anti-terror legislation, the BBC reports. Parliament was evacuated as the event unfolded.
Prime Minister Habib Essid called the deadly rampage "a critical moment in our history, and a defining moment for our future," and referred to the people responsible as "terrorists."
Bardo Museum is known for its antiquities collection and is a major tourist attraction in the area, a possible reason why it was targeted.
Victims included travelers from Italy, Germany, Spain, and Poland, as well as one security officer.
Though the motive behind the attack is unclear, Tunisia's government has said that thousands of its citizens have left to join the Islamic State, and many of those are believed to have returned home.
According to USA Today, the representative of Foreign Affairs for the European Union said: "With the attack that has struck Tunis today, the (Islamic State) terrorist organization is once again targeting the countries and peoples of the Mediterranean region."