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Poles, Germans, Spanish, Italians among dead in Tunis museum attack: PM

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 00:47

At least 19 people were killed, including 17 foreign tourists, when militants attacked Tunisia's Bardo museum in the capital Tunis, according to Prime Minister Habib Essid. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: German, Italian, Spanish and Italian people were among at least 19 people who were killed on Wednesday when gunmen opened fire on tourists getting off buses outside Tunisia's national museum, the country's Prime Minister said. "The first findings show that 19 people were killed in the attack, including 17 foreign tourists, they are all of different nationalities, Polish, Italians, Germans, and Spanish, in addition to two Tunisians," Prime Minister Habib Essid told a news conference broadcast live on Tunisian television. "The two terrorists were killed in the attack." Officials said security forces stormed the Bardo museum in central Tunis around two hours after the attack and killed two militants, freeing all the captives, a government spokesman said. Polish and Italian tourists were among the wounded, officials added. Television footage showed dozens of people, including elderly foreigners and one man carrying a child, running for shelter in the compound next to the parliament, covered by security forces aiming rifles into the air. 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 avoided major militant violence since its 2011 uprising to oust autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Police could not immediately say who the gunmen were. But 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 -- raising fears they could return and mount attacks at home.

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Poles, Germans, Spanish, Italians among dead in Tunis museum attack: PM

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 00:47