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Is Bardo attack a sign IS is gaining foothold in Tunisia?

The March 18 terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 23 people heightened fears among the public about the Islamic State presence in Tunisia.
Tunisian policemen stand guard at the entrance of the Bardo national museum in Tunis March 19, 2015. Tunisia said it would deploy the army to major cities and arrested four people on Thursday after militant gunmen killed 20 foreign tourists visiting the national Bardo museum, the worst attack on the north African country in more than a decade. REUTERS/Anis Mili - RTR4U1PF

The Islamic State (IS) claimed on March 19 responsibility for an attack by two gunmen in the Bardo neighborhood of Tunisia’s capital. The attack began early March 18 when the gunmen entered a fenced-in complex that holds Tunisia’s parliament and national museum. The gunmen opened fire on a bus of tourists in the parking lot before taking hostages inside the museum.

When the hostage situation ended three hours later, 21 people were dead, including 17 tourists of various nationalities, two Tunisians and both assailants. Over 40 others were injured, some seriously. One tourist and a Tunisian died March 19 as a result of wounds sustained during the attack, bringing the total number of dead to 23. Authorities have arrested four and detained five others in connection with the attacks, according to a statement released by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.

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