The killers were just “defending their religion” by practising Jihad
The usual motivating claptrap that comes with most jihad attacks:
“the tyrannical policy” and the “injustice” which humiliate a Muslim people, oppresses Muslims, stops them from living according to sharia law, fuels corrupton, and is responsible for high prices and marginalisation…..
Thanks to the Gates of Vienna
Earlier today five gunmen took hostages in the Bardo Museum in Tunis. When confronted by security forces, they opened fire on the hostages, killing twenty-two of them and wounding at least forty. Two of the gunmen were killed by police, two escaped and were caught later, and one is still at large. Once policemen was killed in the firefight.
The article below from Business News (Tunisia) concerns a message issued by a Tunisian kinetic activist leader the day before the attack at the museum. It was published earlier today in slightly different form at Vlad Tepes. Many thanks to Nathalie for the translation:
A leader of Ansar Sharia: A message for the jihadists before the attack of Bardo
In a video clip posted online yesterday, the leader of the Ansar Chariâa [Ansar al-Sharia] terrorist group, Ouanes Fékih, sent a message to the “young members of the Ettawhid movement”, in which he calls for patience and urges them to carry on “defending their religion” by practising Jihad against those he calls “Taghout”*. Fékih also stressed that the days to come will be eventful, implying that planned terrorist attacks are in the making.
This message was published on Tuesday, March 17th 2015, during the day, before the terrorist outrage in the the Bardo museum in Tunis, which left eight dead according to preliminary reports [20 tourists and 2 Tunisians, according to later reports — BB]. He concluded the message with a prayer addressed to the “brothers imprisoned in Tunisia”, as some information, still to be confirmed, suggest that the terrorists were demanding the release of imprisoned jihadists in exchange for the hostages held captive in the museum.
In his speech, the jihadist leader criticised “the tyrannical policy” and the “injustice” which humiliate a Muslim people which has yet to recover from his rebellion against a criminal regime [that of Ben Ali], which oppresses Muslims, stops them from living according to sharia law, fuels corrupton, and is responsible for high prices and marginalisation.
ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY BUT SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA TERRORISTS NAMED
Two suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists were today identified as the ringleaders of the murderous attack in Tunisia in which 17 tourists were killed.
They were named as Yassine Abidi and Hatem Khachnaoui, both Tunisians in their 20s, who were themselves gunned down by police commandos.
Both had spent ‘a great deal of time’ in Kasserine, the western province which is considered a stronghold of a jihadi group linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Tunisia’s government also announced this evening that the two gunmen had trained at a jihadist camp in Libya, after being recruited at mosques in Tunisia.
Interior minister official Rafik Chelli said the two men had travelled to Libya in September.
However, it remains uncertain what group is responsible after ISIS today attempted to claim responsibility.
Although it could simply be an attempt to take the credit and notoriety generated by the attack, a tweet sent from pro-ISIS Twitter accounts yesterday did accurately predict the massacre.
Sent just hours before the gunmen opened fire on the popular museum, the tweet read: ‘Coming good news to Tunisia’s Muslims, and a shock to the disbelievers and the hypocrites, especially those who claim to be cultured.’
Today it issued a statement describing the attack as a ‘blessed invasion of one of the dens of infidels and vice in Muslim Tunisia,’ and appeared on a forum that carries messages from the group.
The statement said there were two attackers and they weren’t killed until they ran out of ammunition and it promised further attacks.
‘Wait for the glad tidings of what will harm you, impure ones, for what you have seen today is the first drop of the rain,’ the statement, which was also announced by U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, said.
However, a Tunisian Interior Ministry source said today: ‘The young men had boasted of their links with AQIM. One was living permanently in Tunis, while another was still based in Kasserine.
‘AQIM is well established in the region, and anti-terrorist operations are currently underway there in connection with yesterday’s attack’.
Kalashnikovs and grenades were used by Abidi and Khachnaoui during an onslaught which lasted four hours.
Tunisia has said it will deploy the army to major cities and announced the arrest of nine people today in the wake of the worst attack on the north African country in more than a decade.
Five of those are said to be ‘directly linked’ to the attack, while the other four are said to be part of the terror ‘cell’ supporting those involved in the attack.
Yassine Abidi had been under surveillance but ‘not for anything very special’, Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid said.
He told France’s RTL radio that Tunisia was working with other countries to learn more about the slain attackers.