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Tunisian prime minister fires security chiefs after attack

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 11:02 PM
Relatives of the Italian victims of Tunis’ National Bardo museum attack hug each other as the bodies of the four Italians who were killed in the attack arrived at the Ciampino airport near Rome on the weekend.

TUNIS, (AP):

Tunisia's prime minister has fired five leading security officials after three gunmen attacked a Tunis museum, killing 21 in the deadliest attack on tourists in Tunisia in 13 years, the government said yesterday.

The ousted officials include the director of Tunisia's tourist police and the police chief for the neighbourhood around the National Bardo Museum, government spokesman Mufdi Mseddi told The Associated Press.

The decision was made after the prime minister visited the neighbourhood of the attack and noted security problems, the spokesman said. President Beji Caid Essebsi had also criticised security failings around last week's attack.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for attacking the museum, a trove of Roman mosaics and Tunisia's leading historical museum.

Several well-armed groups in neighbouring and chaotic Libya have pledged allegiance to IS. Tunisia is also fighting extremists claiming allegiance to al-Qaida in its western mountains.