Tunisia troops to shore up security after attack
The presidential announcement came after an emergency meeting of top government and army officials
Tunisia said Thursday it would deploy soldiers to beef up security in major cities after an attack on foreign tourists at the national museum that killed at least 23 people.
The presidential announcement came after an emergency meeting of top government and army officials.
The military will be tasked with "patrols at the entrances to, and areas surrounding, major cities" in coordination with the police, a presidential source told AFP.
"We are not under siege," the source added.
The measures also include tightening cooperation among the different branches of the security forces and a review of border security.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has has claimed the attack by gunmen who opened fire at visitors Wednesday as they got off a bus and then chased them inside the museum.
Twenty foreigners were among the dead, including tourists from Japan, Spain, Colombia, Australia, Britain, Belgium, France, Poland and Italy, Health Minister Said Aidi said.
Italy said Thursday it would increase its military presence in the central Mediterranean, describing the deadly attack on a museum in Tunis as fresh evidence of a growing threat from extremist groups.
“Following a worsening of the terrorist threat, dramatically demonstrated by yesterday’s events in Tunisia, an increase in our air and naval deployments in the central Mediterranean has become necessary,” Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti told the parliamentary defence and foreign affairs committee.
At least two Italian tourists died in Wednesday’s attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis.
The minister said the increased military presence was required to defend Italy’s multiple interests in the area in light of the growing risk posed by the presence of extremist groups and to ensure consistent levels of maritime security.
“North Africa has to represent our primary concern,” Pinotti told lawmakers.
On top of the forces usually deployed, Italy has moved additional naval units, a maritime protection team, helicopters, planes and drones into the area, she added.
Pinotti said the extra resources were needed to protect communication lines, merchant shipping and offshore platforms and to facilitate increased surveillance of potential jihadist activity.
ISIS claims responsibility for Tunisia attackThe attack at the capital’s Bardo museum left 23 people killed, including 20 tourists Middle East
Tunisia: 23 killed in terror attacks on touristsIn response, the Tunisian president vowed ‘no mercy’ in the north African country’s ‘war on terrorism’ Africa
'#JeSuisBardo’ trending on Twitter in solidarity with TunisiaPeople from across the world took to social media to express their solidarity Digital
World leaders condemn Tunisia attackU.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned what he called the 'deplorable' attack Middle East
Tunisia: A ripe target for militantsNo militant group has yet claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on the national museum that left 17 tourists dead Analysis
From beaches to dunes, the shifting sands of Tunisia’s tourism industryIn a bid to boost tourism figures, which nosedived during the 2011 revolution, Tunisians are taking things into their own hands Travel and Tourism
Museum Massacre in TunisiaPerspective
TV footage shows panic as militants storm Tunisia museumTunisian television footage showed on Wednesday the panic as militants stormed the country’s national museum, killing at least 17 foreign ... Reports
Tunisia to start economic rescue plan, sees 7 pct growth in 5 yearsTunisia faces pressure from its creditors to cut public spending and reform politically sensitive subsidies Economy