Two men dressed in military garb went into a museum in Tunisia’s capital Wednesday and opened fire, killing eight people and taking hostages, authorities said.
Mohamed Ali Aroui, an Interior Ministry spokesman who detailed the deaths at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, called the attackers Islamists in remarks on national radio.
Housed in a palace dating to the 19th century, the museum describes itself as “a jewel of Tunisian heritage.” It explores Tunisian art, culture and history, and boasts a collection of mosaics, including one of the poet Virgil, as well as marble sculptures, furniture, jewels and other artifacts.
The violence wasn’t necessarily confined to the museum. Photos on Twitter showed security forces in bulletproof vests and black helmets and masks, guns drawn, in the area.
And the North African nation’s government building nearby was evacuated shortly after noon Wednesday, Tunisian lawmaker Sayida Ounissi said on Twitter.
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