Middle East

Tunisian president says museum attackers were carrying 'explosives'

A lawyer places a lit candle on the floor in front of the National Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 19, 2015 during a demonstration in solidarity with the victims of an attack on the museum the previous day killing 21 people. AFP PHOTO /FADEL SENNA

Paris: The two gunmen who stormed Tunisia's national museum and killed 21 people before being shot dead themselves were carrying "terrible explosives", the country's president said Thursday, praising security forces for preventing further bloodshed.

"We found terrible explosives on those people that they did not have time" to use, President Beji Caid Essebsi told France's TF1 television, adding that the police response had prevented "a catastrophe".

 

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