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Top police chiefs fired after militant attack on national museum in Tunis

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
This frame grab from a video released by Tunisia's Interior Ministry shows the gunmen walking through the National Bardo museum during the attack
This frame grab from a video released by Tunisia's Interior Ministry shows the gunmen walking through the National Bardo museum during the attack

A number of top police chiefs have been fired after last week's militant attack on the national museum in Tunis left 20 tourists dead.

The head of tourist security, an intelligence brigade chief, the Tunis district police chief, the traffic police commander, a Bardo security chief and a commander for the capital's Sidi Bachir district were all sacked by the Tunisian prime minister.

"Prime Minister Habib Essid visited the Bardo Museum yesterday,  and took note of several security failures there," the premier's office spokesman said.

Militant gunmen killed 20 foreign tourists last Wednesday as they got off buses at the Bardo Museum, inside the parliament compound that is normally heavily guarded.

It was the worst attack in more than a decade in Tunisia.

Two gunmen were shot dead at the scene and authorities have so far arrested more than 20 people, ten of whom officials believe were directly involved in the attack.