Portugal “vehemently condemns” Tunisian terror attack

Portugal has added its name to the list of countries that have “vehemently condemned” Wednesday’s (March 18) terror attack in Tunisia that left at least 22 tourists and one local dead.

In a short statement, the Portuguese government expressed “its most sincere condolences and solidarity” with the Tunisian government, as well as to the families of the victims.

This far, none of the dead are understood to have had any links with Portugal.

According to Tunisian authorities, two gunmen believed to be linked to terrorist group ISIS burst from a vehicle and began shooting tourists on buses at the entrance of the national Bardo Museum in Tunis before charging inside to take hostages.

They were later killed by security forces, but by then at least 23 people lay dead.

Speaking in a televised address, Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi said the country would not be “cowed” by terror attacks.

“These monstrous minorities do not frighten us,” he said. “We will resist them until the deepest end without mercy.”

BBC reports that nine suspects have already been arrested suspected of links to the attack.