Wednesday, March 18, 2015
TUNISIA - DANGER SITUATION OF HOSTAGES ENDED - NEWS UPDATED FOLLOWING INFO RECEIVED FROM TUNISIA TV STATION AND TUNISIA TWITTERS
17 tourists, 1 local, 2 militants killed in Tunis museum attack
Local television reports the siege at the Bardo Museum in Tunis has come to an end after the gunmen were killed by Tunisian security forces. A government official stated that two militants have died, while one policeman lost his life. All the hostages have been freed.
TUNISIA - AGGIORNAMENTO SITUAZIONE ATTACCO AL PARLAMENTO: turisti italiani in ostaggio dopo attacco al Parlamento in Tunisia, 8 morti all'interno del museo
Le forze speciali antiterrorismo sono in azione al museo del Bardo per liberare gli ostaggi: alcuni di loro sarebbero già stati liberati.Tre uomini travestiti da soldati avrebbero tentato di attaccare il Parlamento tunisino che ha sede al Bardo e poi rapito un gruppo di turisti stranieri all'interno dell'adiacente museo del Bardo. I due edifici infatti non sono molto distanti tra loro.
An abnormal atmospheric phenomenon was visible throughout the relevantly low latitude of central Russia, including Moscow and St. Petersburg on Tuesday. A powerful geomagnetic storm promises to continue for a second day, also including an aurora. Witnesses and amateur astronomers have been busily posting photos and videos of this atmospheric event - so rarely seen in Central Russia - on blogs and social media.As a rule, the aurora borealis is visible in regions close or above the Polar Circle, for example in Russia’s Arctic city of Murmansk.
'Hostage situation' in Tunis as parliament, museum come under attack
Reports suggest the Tunisian Parliament has come under attack, with lawmakers saying gunfire can be heard at the scene. Local reporters tweet militants entered the Bardo Museum through the parliament, taking several tourists hostage.
Militants dressed as soldiers are attacking the Tunisia Assembly, local journalists say. The parliament is located in Bardo Palace, which is also home to a national museum. The gunfire erupted while the parliament was in session.
Several tourists have been taken hostage, according to Radio Mosaique FM. National TV reports fatalities during the counter-operation, however, this is yet to be confirmed by authorities.
Greek protesters target police, torch cars in Athens demanding prison closure
Protesters in Athens threw petrol bombs at police and set cars on fire as they demanded the release of jailed political prisoners. They also want the Syriza government to keep its promise to close down the controversial high-security ‘Type C’ prisons.