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Obama sympathy for Tunis dead

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:22

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama offers condolences for victims of Tunisia museum attack. Paul Chapman reports.

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More than 40 people were wounded in the attack by gunmen on Tunisia's national museum. The 17 killed included visitors from Japan, Italy, Colombia, Spain, France, Poland and Australia as well as Tunisians. The attackers stormed the museum dressed in military uniform and seized several hostages. They were freed in an operation by security forces who went in about two hours later. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, on a three-day visit to Japan, offered her condolences to the victims. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA SAYING: "On behalf of myself and my husband I want to join in with the other to express our condolences over the horrific event yesterday in Tunisia. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of those who were lost here in Japan and around the world. They are very much in our thoughts and prayers today." Tunisians held a vigil in central Tunis on Wednesday evening in memory of the dead. The country's mostly escaped any major militant violence since the uprising that ousted its president. The identity of the attackers wasn't immediately clear. The attack on such a high-profile target is a severe blow to a nation that relies heavily on European tourism.

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Obama sympathy for Tunis dead

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 01:22