Tunisia PM fires police

 
BY RAFAEL SANCHEZ-BAYO

Tunis: The Tunisian Prime Minister fired six police commanders on Monday, including the head of tourist security, after a militant attack on the national museum last week due to negligent security failures.

The attack was considered the worst in more than a decade since the revolt that overthrew autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Gunmen killed 20 foreign tourists, including Spanish, Italian and Polish tourists as they got off buses outside the Bardo Museum.

Two gunmen were shot and 20 people were arrested by authorities who were believed to have been involved in the attack.

Islamic state militants claimed that their allies were responsible for the attack, however an al-Qaeda affiliated group known as Okba Ibn Nafaa has also claimed responsibility for the assault.

Tunisia has been lucky to have been spared terrorist activities after the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 which led to a new constitution.

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