Incident Summary:

03/18/2015: Assailants attacked tourists at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis city, Tunis governorate, Tunisia. The assailants first opened fire on people that were on buses outside the museum and then entered the museum and took 10 people hostage. The hostages were rescued several hours later. At least 24 people were killed and 42 others were wounded in the attack. Jund al-Khilafah (Tunisia) claimed responsibility for the incident. However, other sources attributed the incident to Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade.

GTD ID:
201503180017

When:
2015-03-18

Country:
Tunisia

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Tunis

City:
Tunis

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Bardo National Museum
Specific Description Museum
Nationality of Target Tunisia
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourists
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jund al-Khilafah (Tunisia) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 24 Fatalities / 42 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 24
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 42
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Group Linked to Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Tunisia Attack," The New York Times, April 1, 2015.
"BBC News - Tunis museum attack: Briton killed in shootings named as Sally Adey," BBC Online, March 19, 2015.
"Tunisia Gunmen Kill 19 at Museum, Dealing a Blow to Tourism," New York Times, March 19, 2015.