TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian naval guard shot and killed a colleague and two civilians Tuesday as he tried to enter a synagogue on the island of Djerba throughout an annual Jewish pilgrimage, the Tunisian Inside Ministry stated. The attacker was slain by safety guards, and 10 individuals had been injured.
The civilians killed had been French and Tunisian, the ministry stated. It was not instantly clear in the event that they had been pilgrims attending ceremonies close to the two,500-year-old Ghriba synagogue.
The injured embody six safety brokers and 4 civilians, the ministry stated.
The assailant, a guard affiliated with the Nationwide Guard naval heart within the city of Aghir on Djerba, first killed a colleague along with his service weapon after which seized ammunition and headed towards the Ghriba synagogue, the ministry stated.
When he reached the positioning, he opened hearth on safety items stationed on the temple. The synagogue was locked down and people inside had been stored safe whereas authorities examine the motives for the assault, the ministry stated.
It occurred throughout an annual pilgrimage that draws 1000’s of holiday makers from world wide to considered one of Africa’s oldest synagogues. Djerba is dwelling to Tunisia’s important Jewish neighborhood.
In 2002, a truck bombing killed some 20 individuals on the entrance to the temple throughout the annual Jewish pilgrimage. Al-Qaida claimed duty for that assault, whose victims included German and French vacationers in addition to Tunisians.
Ghayda Thabet, a member of the Tunisian Affiliation for the Assist of Minorities, was on the Ghriba synagogue and appealed for assistance on Fb. “They’re capturing with dwell ammunition. Assist us,” she pleaded in a submit.
Movies circulating on-line confirmed panic-stricken guests working whereas gunshots rang out.
Former Tourism Minister Rene Trabelsi, a local of Djerba, stated this 12 months’s pilgrimage had far been festive and “profitable” together with a number of political figures and international diplomats who participated.