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Tunisia Museum hit by terrorist attack delays reopening

Tunis, PTI | Updated : 24 March 2015, 08:32 PM

The curator of the Tunisian museum targeted by a terrorist attack announced today it is postponing its reopening, for logistical and security reasons.

The National Bardo Museum in Tunis was scheduled to reopen today for the first time since gunmen opened fire on tourists March 18. The attack killed 21 people, and two gunmen were killed by police.

Curator Moncef Ben Moussa told The Associated Press that there will be a “symbolic” ceremony today for select guests, but the museum will not open to the public until Sunday. He blamed the delay on “organizational” problems.

Museum spokeswoman Hanane Srarfi said the problems were primarily logistical, but added, “There is obviously also the security aspect being taken into account.” She said there have been no threats against the museum, but “we should be vigilant.”

Authorities have arrested several people in the attack, the worst in Tunisia in 13 years, and are still hunting for the suspected mastermind. Five leading security officials were fired after the attack, and a police officer charged with surveillance of the museum was jailed.

Officials have said none of the museum’s major archaeological treasures suffered damage.

Today’s ceremony will include a tribute to the victims of the attack and a concert by the Tunis symphony orchestra.  Activists also plan a “march against terrorism” to the museum.

First Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 08:31 PM
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