Only one of the dead people in Wednesday’s attack was a Tunisian, according to the Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui. An anti-terror unit was inside the building trying to free the hostages. Tunisia has struggled with violence by Islamic extremists in recent years but now it has been more stable than other countries in the region. The public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis told to the media it had no additional details. Later, news agency reported that the Interior Ministry says the siege is over and two gunmen having been killed. A Twitter pro-ISIS account (@iyad_elbaghdadi ) wrote a few hours ago: “Coming good news to #Tunisia’s Muslims, and a shock to the disbelievers and the hypocrites, especially those who claim to be cultured.”
17 foreign tourists from Spain, Germany and Spain were killed in the attack. A security officer was killed in the battle to retake the museum. At least 22 tourists and two Tunisians were wounded. The wounded included British, Italian, French, Spanish and Polish nationals.