March 18, 2015

Massacre at Museum in Tunisia: 21 Dead, Gunmen On Loose

I have no words:

Up to three gunmen involved in an attack on a popular museum in Tunisia Wednesday – which left 21 dead, including 17 tourists – may still be at large, the country’s prime minister says.

The gunmen had opened fire on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis earlier Wednesday. Authorities said at least 21 people were killed, including 17 tourists. At least 21 people were wounded, according to a Fox News source in Tunis.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told national television that people from Poland, Italy, Germany and Spain were among the tourists.

Subsequently there was a hostage standoff which has been resolved. We're still early enough into this that exactly who was behind it (ISIS sympathizers?), what their goal was (the front entrance to the museum is shared with the parliament), or if there really are terrorists on the loose.

The one thing to point out here is that this happened in Tunisia, widely heralded as an example of a successful Arab Spring country.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:36 PM | Comments |