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Government, Opposition condemn attack in Tunis

Tunisians light candles at the entrance gate of the National Bardo Museum where scores of people were killed after gunmen staged an attack. Photo: Michel Euler, PA

Tunisians light candles at the entrance gate of the National Bardo Museum where scores of people were killed after gunmen staged an attack. Photo: Michel Euler, PA

The government and the Opposition this morning strongly condemned yesterday's attacks in Tunisia. They expresses condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Gunmen opened fire at a major museum in Tunisia's capital, killing at least 20 people, mostly foreigners, in one of the North African country's worst terrorist attacks.

Men with assault rifles fired at tourists climbing from buses in front of the National Bardo Museum in central Tunis near the country's parliament, sending dozens sprinting for safety.

Two gunmen were killed but prime minister Habib Essid said a manhunt was on for two or three others.

The identity of the attackers was not clear.

Foreign Minister George Vella underscored Malta’s solidarity with the people of Tunisia.

"This attack should not be allowed to stand in the way and determination of the Tunisian people to continue building on the progress registered in recent months," he said.

He expressed support to the Tunisian government and encouraged the international community to stand by Tunisia and its people at such a difficult moment.

Dr Vella will be discussing this tragic event as well as the situation in the Mediterranean with his Cypriot counterpart during talks in Nicosia today.

Opposition shadow minister Roberta Metsola said even though the attack was an isolated one, it should not stop or hinder the positive process the Tunisian people were going though.

The Opposition appealed to the international community to unit to offer comfort to the people of Tunisia.

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