Interior of the Bardo Museum in Tunis.

Trial Postponed for Bardo Museum Attack That Left At Least Twenty Dead

A criminal trial for those accused of conspiring to perpetrate the attack at Tunis’s Bardo Museum in 2015, where two gunmen killed an officer and twenty-one tourists, has been postponed until October 31, reports News24. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

A little while after the assault, police arrested twenty people, announcing that they had dissolved “around 80 percent of the cell” responsible. Eight suspects, however, were released months later, including a man who might have been the leader of the cell. Currently, twenty-two detained suspects are being tried for “terrorist crimes,” while thirty more are being sought. The identities of the suspects have yet to be released. Legal representatives for the French tourists who died in the Bardo tragedy state that the Tunisian investigation into the event has left “several dark areas.”

Since the country’s 2011 revolution, it has fallen victim to many jihadist attacks. Just a month after the Bardo massacre, thirty-eight people were killed in a gun-and-grenade attack at a beach resort outside the city of Sousse. And though Tunisia has not implemented capital punishment since 1991, the Bardo assailants could face a death sentence under a 2015 anti-terror law.