Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Tunisia Shootings

Posted: Mar 19, 2015 12:11 PM

As Dan reported yesterday, there was a horrific shooting at the Bardo National Museum in Tunisia, where gunmen killed over 20 people. Most of the victims were European. While it was initially reported that ISIS was suspected to be behind the attacks, it’s now official (via WSJ):

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for the attack on a museum in the Tunisian capital that killed 21 people, including 18 foreign tourists.

Wednesday’s attack on the Bardo National Museum in the capital Tunis was aimed at “citizens of Crusader countries,” the SITE Intelligence Group quoted the extremist group’s media arm as saying. The claim couldn’t be independently confirmed.

In the statement issued by its media arm, Islamic State also warned of more attacks, saying the assault on the museum in Tunis was the “first drop of rain.” It didn’t state whether it was referring to further attacks in Egypt or elsewhere.

It’s the worst attack in Tunisia in 13 years, and the government has promised a “merciless war on terrorism” in response.