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Obama Offers Tunisia Assistance in Museum Attack Investigation

© AP Photo / Zoubeir SouissiAn ambulance arrives at the morgue carrying the body of a victim of Wednesday's attack on the national museum in Tunisia, in Tunis March 19, 2015
An ambulance arrives at the morgue carrying the body of a victim of Wednesday's attack on the national museum in Tunisia, in Tunis March 19, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The White House stated that Obama offered his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi help in the investigation into the March 18 National Bardo Museum terrorist attack in Tunis.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama offered his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi help in the investigation into the March 18 National Bardo Museum terrorist attack in Tunis, the White House said in a statement.

“The President affirmed our continued robust cooperation on counterterrorism and broader security issues with the Tunisian government and offered continued US assistance and support in the ongoing investigation,” the statement, issued on Thursday, read.

On Wednesday, two unidentified gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked the Bardo museum in Tunisia's capital city of Tunis, taking tourists hostages. At least 23 people were killed in the attack and more than 40 were injured.

Obama offered condolences and extended sympathy to the victims’ families on behalf of all Americans.

Obama also stressed that Tunisia’s “inclusive democracy is a powerful example in the region and beyond.”

Policemen guard the entrance of the Bardo museum in Tunis, Tunisia - Sputnik International
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Between 100 and 200 visitors were in the Bardo museum at the time of the terrorist attack, according to various sources. The captives were freed later on Wednesday in a special operation that left a Tunisian serviceman and both attackers dead.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the death of a Russian citizen, Galina Potapenko, in the terrorist attack.

The victims included nationals from Italy, France, Spain, Poland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Columbia.

The Islamic State (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. The ISIL is a Sunni jihadist group that has seized vast territories in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate.

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