The operation to free hostages in a museum in the center of Tunisia finished. Security officials managed to destroy the militants, but not without civilian casualties. As the Prime Minister of the Republic, according to the latest data, 19 people died, including 17 tourists from Poland, Spain, Italy and Germany. In addition, security forces killed two terrorists.
Tunisian security forces special operation to free hostages in the Bardo Museum completed.
As the head of the Republican government Habib es Sid, the victims of the attack became 19 people, including 17 tourists from Poland, Spain, Italy and Germany. By happy coincidence, the Russian citizens at the time of the attack was not in a museum.
It is reported by “Interfax” referring to the press attache of the Russian embassy in Tunis Sergey Filippov. Nevertheless, the attack was the most hands-terrorist action since the attack on the French comic magazine Charlie Hebdo on 7 January.
The first reports of the attack there were about 14.00 MSK. According to Tass, terrorists dressed in military uniforms, drove by car to the building of the Parliament of Tunisia and opened fire with automatic weapons. The complex is adjacent museum, so the militants without any problems relocated into it, and then took hostages. At that point in the structure, there were about a hundred tourists from around the world. Security officials managed to evacuate most of the tourists, but about 40 foreigners were captured.
The Tunisian Government announced the formation of an emergency committee, headed by the Prime Minister personally Habib es Sid.
Around 16.00 MSK law enforcement agencies managed to break the museum, and then began the military operation. This agency Sputnik Interior Minister Ali al-Urui. As a result of the confrontation the terrorists were killed.
The reaction of politicians on a bloody terrorist attack not long in coming.
The head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini placed the responsibility for the hostage-taking at the “Islamic State».
«With today’s attack IG again acts against the countries and peoples of the Mediterranean region. This reinforces our determination to work more closely with our partners to counter the terrorist threat, “- said Mogerini.
About the incident and expressed the head of the European Council, Donald Tusk. He noted that shocked the attack and expressed condolences to the families of tourists. “The European Union and Tunisia will not be intimidated terrorism, at home or abroad. We are ready to support the Government of Tunisia in its actions against violent extremism and evaluate its operational measures to free the hostages. The EU stands together with Tunisia in its commitment to peace and democracy, “- said the politician.
The head of the French Government, Manuel Valls, speaking at a joint press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, strongly condemned the actions of the militants. “We must condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Tunisia, hostage-taking, of course, suffered, died tourists. This attack, we talked about it, shows, unfortunately, the threat that we all face in Europe. France and Tunisia with the support of the EU work together to fight terrorism. ”