Islamic State claims responsibility for museum attack in Tunisia

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A tourist is helped to a vehicle after an attack by gunmen on Tunisia's national museum in Tunis on March 18, 2015. (Reuters)

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – On Thursday the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, during which 21 people, some of whom were tourists, were killed; they further threatened Tunisian authorities with more horrific attacks in the future. 

The group released an audio recording in which it described the attack on the museum as a “blessed battle”.

The audiotape revealed that the Tunisian IS members Abu Zakaria at-Tunisi and Abu Anas at-Tunisi are the ones who carried out the attack.

“What you saw today is nothing, compared with what will come,” the group said, vowing the Tunisian authorities to carry out more attacks in the near future.

The official news agency of Tunisia has announced that the death toll rose Thursday to 23 people, including three Italians, two Spaniards and two Colombians.

The two gunmen wearing military uniforms opened fire Wednesday on a tour bus parked near the Bardo Museum in Tunis, as well as chasing a number of  in tourists vicinity of the museum.

In the meantime, the Tunisian Prime Minister Habib as-Sayd said that the security forces were able to kill the insurgents, and secure the rest of the tourists and citizens who were in the vicinity of the museum.

Noteworthy, the al-Qaeda-linked Uqba Ibn Nafi battalion in Tunisia pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in late 2014.

 

Reporting by: Hussam al-Shami

Source: ARA News

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