Nation Mourns After 22 Die in Museum Terror Attack Which Saw Westerners Hunted on Cruise Ship Buses

Corey Charlton et al., Daily Mail, March 18, 2015

A terrorist attack which left seventeen tourists dead when two gunmen ‘hunted down’ foreigners, has been hailed as ‘a black day for Tunisia’.

All 17 innocent victims were foreigners who were deliberately targeted as they exited cruise ship buses by the museum in Tunis.

Two gunmen then entered the museum and took 30 more tourists hostage before police swarmed the building and killed the terrorists in a shoot-out which also claimed an officer’s life.

Twenty-two people were killed: 17 tourists, the two gunmen, a museum security officer, a cleaner, and a police officer. The dead tourists came from Italy, Poland, Germany and Spain.

Shooting victim

Shooting victim

Tonight, thousands of people have gathered in the Capital in a show of solidarity against today’s atrocity as world leaders united in their condemnation.

David Cameron said he was ‘appalled’ by the incident and pledged Britain’s full support, while the Foreign Office said it is ‘urgently’ looking into the attack amid reports Britons may be among the dead.

Mr Cameron said on Twitter: ‘Appalled by sickening terrorist attack in Tunis–my thoughts are with those affected. UK stands ready to support Tunisia.’

Speaking from the Louvre, French president Francois Hollande said he had called Tunisia’s president to offer support and solidarity.

‘Each time a terrorist crime is committed, we are all concerned,’ he said.

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington ‘condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s deadly terrorist attack’ and praised Tunisia’s ‘rapid response’ to resolve the hostage situation and restore calm.

Tunisian prime minister Habib Essid earlier warned there may be others, acting as accomplices to the gunmen, who remain at large.

Mr Essid said: ‘The terrorist fired randomly as they got off the buses. As they fled, they were hunted and chased down.

‘There is a possibility, but it is not certain, that [the two gunmen] could have been helped. We are currently conducting extensive search operations to identify the two or three terrorists who possibly participated in the operation.’

It is believed several hundred managed to flee the museum, while another 20–30 were taken captive before anti-terrorist security forces raided the building.

It is unclear who the attackers were, but a video posted online in December attributed to Islamic State warned the jihadis would target the country.

Twitter accounts associated with the extremist Islamic State group based in Syria and Iraq were described as overjoyed at the attack, urging Tunisians to ‘follow their brothers,’ according to Rita Katz of SITE, a U.S.-based organization that monitors militant groups.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said ‘terrorist organisations’ were behind the attack.

She added: ‘The EU is determined to mobilise all the tools it has to fully support Tunisia in the fight against terrorism.’

Prime Minister Essid declared, in what is thought to be reference to the country’s tourism industry: ‘All Tunisians should be united after this attack which was aimed at destroying the Tunisian economy.’

This was backed by Karim Ben Sa’a, a manager in the tourism industry, who declared: ‘This is a black day for Tunisia.’

‘We are very sad for these tourists. They visit our country and it is so, so, sad to see them die. Our hearts are black.’

Mohamed Ali Aroui, an Interior Ministry spokesman, described the two attackers as ‘Islamists’ in local broadcasts, CNN reported.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, national guardsmen and anti-terrorist police quickly surrounded the hugely popular tourist site, which is visited by thousands of foreigners every year, including many Britons.

Fleets of ambulances could also be seen driving in and out of the museum grounds, as helicopters flew overhead.

The two heavily armed terrorists were holed-up inside with Kalashnikovs.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said on Radio Mosaique that one of the dead was a Tunisian.

Farouk Afi, a blogger in Tunisia, was about to meet his friend in the museum when he heard the shots go off, according to the BBC.

He said: ‘I was near, next door in the café, and I was going to meet with my friends. I heard it and I didn’t know at that moment what it was, but the police told me go far from this place.

The Foreign Office said it was still working to establish if any British nationals were involved and updated its travel advice for Tunisia.

A spokesman said: We are urgently looking into the serious events in Tunisia and are working with the Tunisian authorities as well as with contacts in the tourist industry to establish if any British nationals have been affected.

‘Through our travel advice, we are urging people to exercise caution and follow the instructions of the local authorities.’

British tour operators confirmed that thousands of customers are believed to be in the country, but ‘very few’ are in the capital where the attack was carried out.

A spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said: ‘We are currently liaising with our members and the Foreign Office to assess the impact and understand if any British nationals have been caught up in the attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis.

‘Tunisia attracts over 400,000 UK visitors each year, with the vast majority travelling to resorts on the coast.

‘Abta members have reported that they have currently approximately 6,500 customers in Tunisia, though very few of these are staying in Tunis. As a precaution many Abta tour operators have cancelled local excursions to Tunis due to depart over the next few days.’

Poland’s prime minister has now revealed that some of the Polish victims of the attack were on a tour bus in front of the building when the gunmen opened fire.

Ewa Kopacz refused to give the precise number of Polish victims, saying figures were still being confirmed. Earlier today, the Foreign Ministry said that three Poles were injured, while Polish diplomats in Tunis were working to confirm unofficial reports that four Poles had been killed.

Kopacz did say 20 Polish tourists are safe and sound.

And Piotr Henicz, deputy head of Polish tour company Itaka, said 36 tourists on a package holiday to Tunisia were visiting the museum when they came under attack.

The museum chronicles Tunisia’s history and includes one of the world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics.

Tunisia recently completed a rocky road to democracy after overthrowing its authoritarian president in 2011.

It has been more stable than other countries in the region, but it has struggled with violence by Islamic extremists in recent years, including some linked to ISIS. It also has extremists linked to al-Qaeda’s North Africa arm who occasionally target Tunisian security forces.

A disproportionately large number of Tunisia recruits have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The museum, built within a 15th-century palace, is the largest museum in Tunisia with collections covering two floors.

The museum is near the North African country’s parliament, some four kilometres (two-and-a-half miles) from the city centre. A new wing with contemporary architecture was built as part of a 2009 renovation, doubling the surface area. Some 8,000 works are displayed in the museum, according to the website.

The attack comes the day after Tunisian security officials confirmed the death in neighbouring Libya of a leading suspect in Tunisian terror attacks and the killings of two opposition figures in Tunisia.

Ahmed Rouissi gained the nickname of the ‘black box of terrorism’. The information on his death was made public by security officials giving evidence in parliament and cited by the official TAP news agency

Some of the Italians at the museum were believed to have been passengers aboard the Costa Fascinosa, a cruise liner making a seven-day trip of the western Mediterranean that had docked in Tunis.

Ship owner Costa Crociere confirmed that some of its 3,161 passengers were visiting the capital and that a Bardo tour was on the itinerary, but said it could not confirm how many, if any, passengers were in the museum at the time.

The cruise ship recalled all the passengers to the ship and was in touch with local authorities and the Italian foreign ministry.

Libya, which has devolved into chaos, is a source of major concern for Tunisia.

Also a major worry is the Mount Chaambi area on the border with Algeria where al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has reportedly been helping a Tunisian group which has killed numerous soldiers.

Speaking at the Louvre museum to call for international efforts to preserve the heritage of Iraq and Syria against extremist destruction, French president Francois Hollande said he had called the Tunisian president to offer support and solidarity.

‘Each time a terrorist crime is committed, we are all concerned,’ said Mr Hollande.

French prime minister Manuel Valls said today: ‘We are condemning this terrorist attack in the strongest terms. We are standing by the Tunisian government.’

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  • propagandaoftruth

    Well thank Allah Davey Cameron is ‘appalled’. The world sleeps sounder.

    • Reynardine

      That firm british spine, like their bobbies have. Police that cannot carry guns, cannot hit anything except for legs with their batons, and cannot break up a riot.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Being a bobbie must be worse even than being a teacher.

        • Reynardine

          In London, I’m probably sure it is.

          In Northern Ireland, at least the Brits let them carry guns against the UDF and IRA. That’s because it’s OK to be violent towards other whites. London cops will get no concessions because defending yourself against a minority is wrong by definition.

          • The Brits also sent in the army, just because police couldn’t handle the “Troubles”.

          • Reynardine

            The Northern English police at that time were damned near paramilitaries too, if you also count all the auxiliary forces at their disposal.

  • SlizzardAjeosshi

    The Italian victims were mostly retirees, tells a lot about this people courage.

    Oh and Mogherini is one of the most annoying piece of non-sense blabbering politician to ever grace the EU bureaucracy ranks, that alone is quite telling

  • Chip Carver

    The gullibility of Whites is astounding. That trust has been used against to great effect. Whites shouldn’t be visiting the Middle East at all.

    • George Moriarty

      The Middle East is an extremely interesting part of the world for serious travellers, be it Israel or the surrounding Arab nations. I/we have travelled to that area in between their regular wars. We never felt really safe ever, we are just not wanted in their nations, even as respectful visitors who contribute to their economy. (And provide jobs)
      As well as not being wanted in their countries tourists are a very soft and cowardly target for beggars, pickpockets, petty theft and now full blown terror. They don’t want us there yet we allow them to settle in the West in their tens of millions, why? Could someone please explain.

      • Iman Robota

        The only time I ever spent in the Middle East was when I was a grunt in the US Army.

        It was cool seeing an old Assyrian ziggurat (At least, the interpreter said it was Assyrian, hell if I know.), but man, Iraq was the dirtiest and most depressing place I’ve ever been in my entire life.

        Then, throw in some snipers and IEDs and it was a proverbial trip through hell.

        • Reynardine

          No you’re just racist and can’t appreciate their beautiful, rich, vibrant culture. Their IED’s are a form of artistic self-expression.

          • My own IED’s in eastern Slavonia in 1991 were absolutely a form of artistic self-expression. I hope none of those are still there.

        • George Moriarty

          When you visit that part of the world as a visitor you need to be prepared to put up with dreadful food and the filthiest excuses for toilets anywhere on this planet as well as filthy depressing streetscapes and beggars, that’s if you go as a traveller. If you go as a member of the western military, as you say, you will definitely be shot at as well.

          • ElComadreja

            Well, you do stand a pretty good chance of being shot no matter what.

      • Their attitude is just like that of the greaseritos, which sums up neatly as “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is also mine.”

    • Ella

      Some Whites just cannot believe that there are ethnic groups who really despise and hate Western culture. Some think that other cultured people are non-violent and tolerant of others, especially toward the “friendly” neutral tourist.

  • connorhus

    Why do Whites even travel to these places? I guess they are so asleep they just don’t know what kind of danger they put themselves in. Nine times out of ten the vacation spots they travel to are so different from the actual country anyway they might as well just go to Disneyland.

    • Fed Up

      Sometimes stupidity really is “self-curing.”

    • George Moriarty

      I have noticed fellow tourists who are just so ignorant of the country they are visiting, especially in that part of the world that they should stick to and only visit Disneyland.

    • LeonNJ

      I agree. The worst is when you hear about some couple or two friends going into rural India or even Pakistan to hike and trek around. Then you read they were captured for ransom, killed or raped. I feel sorry of course, but those vacation destinations are insane. I call in White ignorance.

      • jaye ellis

        These areas on the Southern Coast of the Med Sea have been parts of White Western Civilization since the time of the Classical Greeks and Romans.

        Racial/Cultural realities are that many French cities on the Northern Coast of the Med Sea have as bad racial, ethnic problems with Arab/Black Muslims – Marseille France for instance.

        We must, MUST get away from this terrible mindset that our live or mostly die racial/cultural problems are all tied in with geography and if we somehow avoid non White, non Western places and leave “these people” alone in their own countries/places, they will leave us alone.

        They will not!

        Again, these horrors are happening on a weekly basis in France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Merry Old England.

        E*&#*$(# Liberal Leftist at Duke University turned over the Duke Methodist Cathedral for Muslim calls to prayer!

        • Which is why I just can’t ignore ISIS. There’s a part of me that wants to think that it’s over there, and if we ignore it and turn our heads away, it won’t bother us. Then we’ll turn our heads back and they’ll be halfway up France or on the outskirts of Vienna.


    It would probably be a real relief to the family members of those murdered. If the David Cameron’s of the world could inform them and us, that these attacks had nothing to do with Islam. I bet those families are just worried sick about the often heralded < yet somehow, never arriving ) "backlash" against Muslims. Because after all, the preservation of the White Nations of world's mandated diversity is what's truly important here.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    I bet next time they go on vacation it will be to Iceland or Norway and not some Muslim black/Arab country.

    • My next vacation will be alone to Florida or Louisiana for alligator hunting the next time my wife goes to visit her parents with our daughter. I’ll find a hunting guide online. I have finished enough harpoon hardware for that, and am now waiting on replacement band-saw blades to finish the rest. Bull alligators are relatively safe compared to Muslims.

      • jaye ellis

        Do you know of any White hunting retreats (bird hunting) in Middle, Southern Illinois?

        • I only ever went shotgunning with Ed Myers, an old high school friend. Together, we only ever shot skeet, and he still does that with a “Brown Bess” flintlock (“flinchlock” in my case) musket. His mother did a lot of wingshooting all over the country when she was working for the pharmaceutical industry.

          My only birds were pigeons, with an air rifle, on the rooftops here. I wiped out the pigeon population in northern Colorado Springs with that Crosman. I’d clean them, stuff them, and cover them with the native clay before baking them. Five years later, the pigeons haven’t come back. Native birds have returned, and I leave those strictly alone.

          I have never been to Illinois, and I don’t bother Ed anymore. He doesn’t like me because I am a “racist”. I am sorry that I can not tell you anymore.

  • LHathaway

    If the Algerians can kick the French out of Algeria, for all of their negative influence, and the world applaud, why can’t the French kick the Algerians out of France, despite all the good they are doing there?

    • adplatt126

      Strong argument.

    • jaye ellis

      The (Lib-Western) World didn’t applaud the Algerians for kicking out the French, ethnically cleansing the Pied Noir French. It was basically the same reaction to anti White ethnic cleansing in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.

      The French Algerian Peace Treaty the Evian Accords had lots of Liberal rhetoric about ending discrimination and inequality between Whites and Arab Muslims, but also political and economic protections for now minority Pied Noir Whites.Évian_Accords

      The same thing happened when White ruled Rhodesia became Mugabe ruled Black Zimbabwe.

      The Algerian Arab Muslims simply tossed aside the peace treaty and gave Pied Noir Whites 2 options:

      The Coffin of the Suitcase

      The (Western) World didn’t applaud this racist, ethnic cleansing of Whites from Algeria, Western liberals simply ignored that it happened, as it would undermine the World Liberal point of view – kind of like mass starvation in the Ukraine under Soviet Socialism.

      • LHathaway

        I’m pretty sure they applauded the Algerians, just as they did those of color in Rhodesia or the way the still go on about SAfrica now. They do more than ignore Whites and Blacks. According to the official narrative, White = bad; Color = good. If they deviate from this it is only appear ‘fair’ (maybe it’s possible people of color can be racist too) while pushing this agenda.

  • Hammerheart

    Which one was it that caused Muslims to kill infidels this time?

    Lack of employment?

    That .1% of violent Muslims sure are very busy.

  • TheMaskedUnit

    Is the diversity safe?

  • Alden

    Note that the only government spokes person who used the word Islamist was the Tunisian. The Europeans voided the word, just as Americans avoid the word black when reporting crime.

  • Simonetta

    The way to deal with this kind of incident is to find out who was primarily behind it and where they came from. Then the Polish or German government would offer a million Euros cash tax-free to the first group of people who can prove that they were responsible for killing 1000 of men-women-children who come from the same location that the terrorists came from. Any 1000 people from that area/region/city.

    These ‘terrorist incidents’ are acts of war that are being treated as individual crimes committed by individual criminals. But that’s not the case. Acts of war should be met with an equally brutal and horrible act of war in order to remind people that these are not simple crimes.

    Muslim terrorism stems from three sources: Saudi-based and trained Wahabi Muslim extremists, Palestinian extortion that was accepted by the West for the past forty years (basically you (the west) accept and support our quasi-legitimate nation-state status, and in return, we (the Palestinians) will restrain ourselves from murdering your people at random), and the general youth overpopulation of the Muslim countries. None of these are the West’s concern: they are problems that need to be dealt with by the leaders of the Muslim countries. But they would even consider dealing with these problems until the civilized world shows them that ignoring the people who are committing acts of war against the civilized world will result in thousands of their own innocent people being killed.

    Even then, when dealing with Arabs, you occasionally come across a situation where none of the actors care how many other innocent people get killed. Like present-day Syria. In that case, you just ‘fence ’em off’ and let them kill each other. Anyone who goes there loses their citizenship and and is not allowed back into the civilized world, and no one is allowed to emigrate from there unless they are upper-middle class and/or highly educated.

    • The Japanese committed themselves to a war with the United States when they refused to sign the 1936 London Naval Treaty. This was an extension of the 1930 London and 1922 Washington treaties.

      They gave proper notice for not signing any more naval arms treaties in March, 1934, which was eight months before the required year in advance, and they committed themselves to a naval arms race with the US that they couldn’t possibly win. Ultimately, they had a very short window of opportunity for anything remotely resembling a successful war in the Pacific, so they went and did it.

      There was a coup there in 1936, and their army was out of responsible control by then.

      The last time I played “World In Flames”, I ran Japan, and declared war on Germany after they conquered Paris. Neutral at the time, I renounced the Axis, allied with Britain, sent the carriers to Alexandria, and so Italy also declared war on Germany. The guy running Italy didn’t really have any choice, as his navy was going to get sunk. We all eventually (except the guy who had playing Germany) ended up wiping the floor with the USSR. Vladivostok was a bit tough, IIRC, but the Imperial Army got all the way to Lake Baikal area in that game.

  • james AZ

    Ask travel agents which best to visit DISNEYLAND or ISLAMICLAND ?

  • AndrewInterrupted

    When Hill-Billy gets elected, she will solve the
    problem with empathy. What could go wrong?

  • dd121

    You’re probably not going to be killed by Isis if you don’t go to lands that Isis inhabits.

    • jaye ellis

      The list of places with no ISIS, no Muslims is getting lower and lower – Muslims are mostly everywhere outside of Japan.

      • dd121

        Isis will cut off your head. The other muzzies will potentially only blow you up. See, there’s a qualitative difference. 🙂

        • ElComadreja

          Those are the “moderates”.

  • KenelmDigby

    I would never take a vacation in any non-European nation.
    The point is that there are many, many great holiday destinations in Europe offering sun, sea and sand. Many of the southern European nations offering these holidays have been ruined by the pig-headed policies of the EU, and would be very grateful for any support they might get.

    • ElComadreja

      I would never go to any Muslim, black or “Hispanic” nation. You’re begging for trouble if you do.

  • Tim

    I no longer travel to countries where the racial, economic and political differences are so profound, that I become a visible, lucrative and expedient target…

  • Diversity Heretic

    Well, there’s another country that I just crossed off my list of places to visit; not that it was that high anyway. I’m glad that I visited Istanbul when I did; I could see just this sort of thing happening there.

  • Light from the East

    Now we just set up a betting website.

    The title is “Islam – religion of peace. In next year, will there be any terror attack around the world?” or more excitingly “Islam – religion of peace. In next month, will there be any terror attack around the world?”

    Betting option: Yes or No.

    Let’s see how many Muslims dare to choose NO. We just bet on the opposite, taking the money.

  • archer

    David Cameron says that they just need more jobs and they will stop being murderers. He wants them to come to England to give them more vibrant diversity.

  • jaye ellis

    It’s long since time for Italy to invade former North African spheres of interest.

    The model should be what Putin’s Russia has effectively done in Chetnia and other parts of the former USSR Caucuses.

    Invade, clean out the worst terrorists, instal a pro (Russian/Western) strongman – let the locals keep some, many Islamic customs – ruthlessly hunt down and kill terrorists and yes, the relatives of the terrorists.

    Any Westerners mouthing off about “Democracy”, “Libertarian free market nonsense” gets captured, left alone to be kidnapped and beheaded by 8th century Islamic savages.

  • Erika525

    I once visited Egypt with a Jewish Group from Chicago. We were never identified as a “Jewish” tour group and for much of the trip we were accompanied with a plain clothed armed guard. We knew when we had arrived at a synagogue by the armed guards with sub-machine guns. Interestingly, nobody on the group would mention this situation. Just part of being Jewish. The situation has ;probably gotten worse.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    By all means, let’s bring more Third World terrorists here…

  • Augustus3709

    To think, “Tunisia” was once a Germanic Kingdom.

    North “Africa” was for centuries an extension of Europe before the Muslim invasions.

    Part of the leftist agenda is to disconnect us from our history and heritage. We must never allow that to occur.

    • 李冠毅

      To be fair, North Africa (think Egypt) was originally Semitic before the Roman conquest.

  • David Ashton

    Governments resemble feeble teachers: “We are very cross, and if it happens again, we shall be even more cross.”

  • jaye ellis

    First they let the pro French Algerian Harkas in, then French government simply didn’t have the WILL to keep out gate crashing, Arab Muslim immigration, the Left gets their votes, the Business elite gets cheap labor, more consumers.

    And then of course there is always the influence of…

    The Tribe.