Forty cruise passengers have either been killed, injured or are missing after the terrorist attack at the Tunis’ Bardo Museum in Tunisia.
It is believed the gunmen lay in wait for tourists as they disembarked their tour buses but it is not known whether the gunmen were targeting cruise passengers.
MSC Cruises has confirmed that nine passengers travelling onboard the MSC Spendida were killed in the terrorist attack at Tunis’ Bardo Museum.
Twelve more were injured and six more are still unaccounted for.
MSC said sources believe the dead include three Japanese, two French, two Spaniards and two Colombians.
The six missing passengers are reported as two Spanish nationals, one Belgian, one Briton, one French and on Japanese.
The wounded are currently being treated at various hospitals and are being assisted in person by members of MSC’s crisis team that flew to Tunis to provide ground support.
The MSC passengers were caught in the terrorist attack along with passengers from Costa Fascinosa with 13 passengers still unaccounted for.
Costa Cruises issued a statement which said: “On the occasion of today scheduled call, some guests onboard our Costa Fascinosa had been on a tour in the city. All the shore excursions organised by Costa during today who were suppose to stop in Tunis have been immediately recalled onboard.”
The Costa Cruises ship sailed off in the early hours of the morning with the passengers still unaccounted for.
Costa also has a care team in Tunis along with two headquarters director.
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