Tunisian president declares “a war on terror”

Yesterday’s terrorist attack in Tunisia that left 19 dead and 44 injured has prompted the Tunisan president to declare “a war on terror.” In a TV broadcast to a shocked country, the President Beji Caid Essebsi stated: “These monstrous minorities do not frighten us and we will resist them without mercy.”  

Details are now emerging of the people who died in the attack. Two Spanish tourists were killed, a retired couple from Catalonia named in the Spanish press as Antonio Cirera Perez and Dolores Sanchez Rami. Two Tunisian citizens, five Italians, two Colombians, five Japanese, and one national from each of Australia, France and Poland, were also killed.

Following the attack thousands of protesters took to the street in Tunis, demonstrating against Islamist militants they say are trying to undermine Tunisia’s democratic government.

Tunisia is a country that is generally considered to be one of the most stable in the region. This is worst terrorist attack in Tunisia since 2002, when 21 people were killed by an Al-Qaeda bombing on the island of Djerba.

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