Gunmen reported to be Islamic terrorists opened fire at the National Bardo Museum in Tunisia today, killing 17 tourists, along with a security officer and a museum employee.
Two of the terrorists are also reported dead, but one may still be at large, say local authorities.
Raw video from the scene (see above) shows tourists scrambling to safety as government troops and security officers storm the museum.
Tourism plays a major role in the nation's fragile economy, with visitors coming from around the globe to explore ancient sites and artifacts. The National Bardo Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Roman mosaics.
Tunisia is a burgeoning democracy that's been plagued in recent years by violence carried out by groups linked to ISIS and al-Qaida's North African arm.
According to TheBlaze.com, "a disproportionally large number of Tunisian recruits -- some 3000, according to government estimates -- have joined Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq."
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