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Tunisia vows 'merciless war against terrorism' after museum attack

Tourists are evacuated by special forces from the site of an attack by gunmen at Tunis' famed Bardo Museum on March 18, 2015Tunisia’s president promised to wage a “merciless war against terrorism” after gunmen killed 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians in a daylight attack in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. As the international community denounced Wednesday’s assault on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, which also left more than 40 people wounded, President Beij Caid Essebsi vowed Tunisia would fight “to our last breath”. “I want the Tunisian people to understand that we are in a war against terrorism and that these savage minorities do not frighten us,” said Essebsi, who visited some of the dozens being treated for wounds in a Tunis hospital. The gunmen, dressed in military uniforms, opened fire on the tourists — including visitors from Italy, France, Australia, Colombia, Poland and Spain — as they got off a bus then chased them inside the museum, said Prime Minister Habib Essid.

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