Local Expert: Tunisia Museum Massacre Targeted Both People And Culture


CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/CBS News/AP) — A local expert Wednesday night said a mass shooting at a museum in Tunisia amounted to a statement by terrorists against both people and the culture they represent.

Tunisian officials said two gunmen with assault rifles stormed the famed National Bardo Museum near the country’s parliament in Tunis Wednesday, killing at least 19 people — mostly foreign tourists — before being killed themselves in a police raid.

“It would be a classic soft target, but it not only hurts individuals, but also the concept of culture they stand against,” Maik Haberfeld of John Jay College told CBS2’s Dick Brennan. “So it’s a win-win situation for them.”

As CBS2’s Weijia Jiang reported, hundreds of tourists ran for their lives in the attack, desperately looking for an escape route.

Prime Minister Habib Essid said in a live televised news conference that two or three of accomplices remained…

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