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Arrests in Tunisia, anger in Italy after museum massacre

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:18

The official death toll in Wednesday's Tunisia museum attack has risen to 24. With four Italian tourists among those killed, the reaction from Rome is a mixture of sadness and anger. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In the Tunisian capital, Tunis, residents are still stunned by newspaper headlines. More than 20 foreign tourists and three Tunsians were killed Wednesday in a brazen attack by gunmen who opened fire at the national museum. Many others were wounded. It was the worst attack in the North African country for over a decade. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) NEWSPAPER SELLER, MOHAMED SEDDIK, SAYING: "I don't understand anything anymore. Normally, in a country under terrorist threat, there should be a focus on tourist areas, on malls etc… How is it that doors are open and people can enter that easily?" Nearly all of the victims were European nationals...among them, four Italians. In Rome, the media is blaming Islamic State for the killings. Headlines here say "The first Italians killed by ISIS" (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT, GABRIELE CICCONI, SAYING: "It is simply ignoble this act, not only because Italians were killed, but also for the other people, the actions of ISIS are just ignoble." Some of the wounded are recovering at this Tunis hospital. Most are said to be doing well. The government says four people have been arrested...but with the emergence of severral Islamist groups in Tunisia since its 2011 uprising, there are fears that more such attacks are possible.

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Arrests in Tunisia, anger in Italy after museum massacre

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:18