In audio recording, Islamic State claims deadly museum attack in Tunisia

A Tunisian policeman stands guard inside the Bardo national museum in Tunis March 19, 2015. — Reuters pic
A Tunisian policeman stands guard inside the Bardo national museum in Tunis March 19, 2015. — Reuters pic

CAIRO, March 19 — The Islamic State jihadist group today claimed responsibility for an attack on Tunisia’s national museum that killed at least 21 people.

In an audio message posted online, IS said “two knights from the Islamic State... heavily armed with automatic weapons and grenades, targeted the Bardo Museum.”

It threatened more attacks, saying: “What you have seen is only the start.”

Twenty foreigners were among those killed when gunmen in military uniforms opened fire at visitors yesterday as they got off a bus and then chased them inside the museum.

They included tourists from Japan, Spain, Colombia, Australia, Britain, Belgium, France, Poland and Italy, according to the Tunisian authorities. — AFP

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