Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid Fires Top Cops After Museum Massacre

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Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid speaks during a press conference after an attack carried out by two gunmen at Bardo International Museum on March 18, 2015 in Tunis. At least 17 foreigners were killed, they were among 19 people who died in the attack by two men armed with assault rifles on the museum, the interior ministry said.ARBI SOUSSI / AFP - Getty Images

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TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid fired six police commanders on Monday, including the head of tourist security, after a militant attack on the national museum last week in which 20 foreign visitors were killed.

The premier's office spokesman, Mofdi Msedi, said the six also included an intelligence brigade chief, the Tunis district police chief, the traffic police commander, a Bardo Museum security chief and a commander for the capital's Sidi Bachir district.

Militant gunmen killed 20 foreign tourists, including Japanese, Polish, Italian and Spanish visitors last Wednesday as they got off buses at the Bardo Museum, inside the parliament compound that is normally heavily guarded.

Two gunmen were shot dead at the scene in Tunis and authorities say they are looking for a third suspect. They have so far arrested more than 20 people, 10 of whom officials believe were directly involved in the attack. Some had recently returned from fighting for Islamist militant groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya.


— Reuters