A British woman was among at least 23 people killed in terrorist shootings at a museum in Tunisia’s capital yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron said today, pledging “not to let terrorists undermine democracy”.
The victim, identified as Sally Jane Adey, died along with three Tunisians and tourists from Japan, Italy, Colombia, Australia, Spain, France and Poland, in the attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis.
“We will do everything we can to help the family of the British woman murdered in Tunisia. We will not let terrorists undermine democracy,” Cameron said.
UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond, who is in Nairobi, told the BBC that British consular staff were helping Adey’s family.
“My thoughts are with them at this very difficult time. The Tunisian people are rightly proud of their democratic transition. Cowardly attacks, such as the one we saw yesterday, must not be allowed to undermine what they have achieved,” Hammond said.
“I spoke to Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid yesterday to offer my condolences to all those affected by this despicable act and to assure him we stand together against terrorism,” he said.
Officials in Tunisia said that more than 40 people, including tourists and Tunisians, were injured in the attack.
Security forces have killed two gunmen but a hunt was still on for their accomplices.
Meanwhile, two deceased gunmen were identified as Yassine Laabidi and Hatem Khachnaoui, who were “probably” Tunisian, an interior ministry spokesperson said.