TUNIS (The Tunis Times) – Two disguised gunmen infiltrated security at Bardo Museum, a landmark institution at the heart of Tunisia’s capital Wed March, 18th. The attackers took and killed 22 hostages of different nationalities (Tunisian, French, Italian, Polish, Japanese) according to a statement made by Mr. Mohamed Ali Aroui, the spokesman of the ministry of interior. 50 people were injured as a result of the bloody attacks.
P.M. Mr. Habib Essid and President Mr. Beji Caid Essesbi joined the crisis-cell formed on the grounds of the attacks in Kasbah palace before heading to Charles Nicole hospital to visit the injured victims.
“This is catastrophic for Tunisia,” said Mr. Bej Caid Essebsi, “We need to stop those kind of people [referring to terrorists] for good.” added Mr. Esessbi.
The president of the Republic, Mr. Beji Caid Essesbi, is set to address the Tunisian people on the attacks today.
The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini blamed “terrorist organizations” for the attacks.
“With the attack that has struck Tunis today, the terrorist organizations are once again targeting the countries and peoples of the Mediterranean region,” Mogherini said in a statement which The Tunis Times obtained a copy of.