Manhunt for third suspect in Tunisia as CCTV footage of Bardo museum attack emerges
Tunisia’s Interior Ministry has released footage recorded by a security camera showing the deadly attack in Bardo museum, which took 23 lives, 18 tourists among them on Wednesday. The footage captured two militants walking through the museum in the country’s capital with Kalashnikovs in their hands.
The video also shows they encountered a third man with a backpack whom they briefly acknowledged.
“For sure there were three because they have been identified and filmed on surveillance cameras,” Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi said in a TV interview Sunday referring to the attackers. “There are two who were executed and one who is on the run somewhere. But in any case, he won't get far.”
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The search for the unnamed person is ongoing as police patrol the streets of the capital stopping people and checking their identities. However, it is still unclear whether the man was indeed complicit or it was narrow escape.
The two gunmen who carried out the assault were killed by security forces. They were identified as Tunisians Yassine al-Abidi, 20, and Hatem Khachnaoui, 26, both of whom had reportedly been trained in Libya.
The president also said his country was at war with the extremists who recruited several thousands of Tunisians for military struggle in Syria and Iraq. They have no credible connection to Islamic belief, he added.
Bardo Museum in Tunisia’s capital is located in the same building as the National Assembly. When the shooting was first reported Wednesday morning, it was first believed that MPs were under attack. However, the assailants proceeded into the museum taking a group of tourists hostage.
Foreigners killed in the attack included one British national, three Japanese, two Colombians, two Spaniards, an Australian, a Pole and a French citizen, according to Tunisian PM Habib Essid. Forty-four were left injured after the attack. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the assault.
The latest attack is the deadliest involving foreigners since the 2002 suicide bombing on a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, where twenty-one people died, including 14 Germans, two French tourists and five Tunisians.
The Tunisian president also said on French TV that a monument would be built to commemorate the dead, ITV News reports.