23 held over Tunisia museum attack

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Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Some 23 people have been arrested from the group suspected of being behind the museum attack that killed 21 people in Tunisia, the country’s top security official says.

Two Moroccan and one Algerian suspect are thought to still be at large.

Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said the arrests include a woman and the group is connected to the al Qaida-linked Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade.

The March 18 attack was claimed by an al Qaida rival, the Islamic State group, but members of Oqba Ibn Nafaa have claimed allegiance to both radical groups.

The minister said at least 80% of the group behind the attack has been detained.

He said the gunmen that attacked the museum carried belts filled with Semtex explosive, which would have caused “catastrophic” damage if used.

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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