In addition, two attackers have also been killed, Essid said, calling it a “cowardly terrorist operation” that targeted tourists.
The tourists were attacked while they were getting off a bus to enter the museum, Essid said, noting this is the first attack there targeting tourists.
The attackers were wearing military fatigues, and when the tourists ran toward the museum to avoid the shooting, the attackers pursued them, Essid said.
Among the 17 tourists killed, the nationalities included Polish, German, Italian and Spanish, Essid said.
An additional 22 tourists and two Tunisians were injured, he said.
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