Africa Tunisia attack method consistent with Daesh, says White House

Tunisia attack method consistent with Daesh, says White House

 

A victim is being evacuated from the Bardo museum are evacuated in Tunis, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia after gunmen opened fire at the leading museum in Tunisia's capital. Tunisia's prime minister says 21 people are dead after an attack on a major museum, including 17 foreign tourists ó and that two or three of the attackers remain at large.
A victim is being evacuated from the Bardo museum are evacuated in Tunis, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia after gunmen opened fire at the leading museum in Tunisia’s capital.

(AA) — Tactics used in an attack on a Tunisian museum are consistent with Deash but the information must be verified, the White House said Thursday, after the militant groups claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 23 people, including 20 foreign tourists, in the capital city of Tunis. 

“While we are not yet able to confirm the voracity of this claim, the tactics that we saw at the Bardo Museum would be entirely consistent with tactics that ISIL has previously used that show a blatant disregard and even a brutality for innocent civilians,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, using the English acronym for Daesh. 

While strongly condemning the attack, he added that President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, had spoken with Tunisian Minister of Interior Mohamed Gharsalli to express condolences. 

“We know that there is a long border that Tunisia has with Libya, which is a rather unstable place right now,” Earnest said. “We’ll continue to be in touch with the Tunisians in the weeks and months ahead, as we talk about efforts that we can make to supplement their efforts to provide for security in their country.”

Tourists from Italy, Japan, Poland and Spain were among those killed in the attack.

Tunisian security forces have detained nine suspects, including four who are believed to have been directly involved in Wednesday’s attack.

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