Nineteen people have been killed in a shooting attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunisia. Tunisian Prime Minister, Habib Essid, said the dead included 17 foreigners.
In addition, two attackers have also been killed, Essid said, calling it a “cowardly terrorist operation” that targeted tourists in the Bardo Museum.
The tourists were attacked while they were getting off a bus to enter the museum, Essid said, noting this is the first attack there targeting tourists.
He said the attackers were wearing military fatigues, and when the tourists ran toward the museum to avoid the shooting, the attackers pursued them.
Among the 17 tourists killed, the nationalities included Polish, German, Italian and Spanish, Essid said.
An additional 22 tourists and two Tunisians were injured, he said.
A spokesman for the country’s Interior Ministry said that authorities believe a number of hostages were also being held captive in the museum at one point and that forces were deployed inside it.