ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for the shootings at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis on Wednesday. Through released audio recordings they praised the attack, which claimed the lives of tourists including two Australians and three Tunisians. The gunmen killed by police at the scene were identified early on Thursday to be Yassin al-Abidi and Hatem al-Khashnawi, one of whom was known to intelligence. Authorities said they arrested nine people linked to the shootings, and increased security throughout Tunisia will see the army deployed to major cities in the country. The attack is believed to take a deliberate aim at Tunisia’s economy, of which tourism makes up 7 per cent of gross domestic problem. The government has estimated the country will lose up to $700 million in tourism this season.
Al-Shabab leader killed by US drone
Adan Garar, a leader of the militant group Al-Shabab, has been confirmed dead after being targeted by a drone in Diinsoor, southern Somalia on March 12. He was one of several people in a van struck by a Hellfire missile. Garar was connected to the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that killed 67 people and injured 200, and was responsible for operations “which target US persons and other Western interests in order to further al Qaeda’s goals and objectives,” a spokesman for the US Department of Defence said. Al-Shabab is aligned with al-Qaeda and aims to overthrow the Somalian government to impose strict Islamic law.
Former president flees palace
Yemen’s deposed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled the presidential palace after it was targeted by two fighter planes in the southern port city of Aden on Thursday. The airstrikes have been blamed on Houthis pilates flying from Sanaa, a city overtaken by the rebels in January. The Shia-aligned Houthis have controlled most of Yemen since seizing government in 2014. – Compiled from web sources by Jion Legaspi
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