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Italian police arrest Tunisia museum attack suspect

Fethi Belaid, AFP file picture |Italian President Sergio Mattarella (fourth from left) and Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid (fifth from left) visit the Bardo museum on May 18, 2015

Italian police have arrested a Moroccan man suspected of involvement in the March 18 attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that left 22 people dead, a police official said Wednesday.

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"A Moroccan national, wanted internationally, was arrested yesterday evening in a town in the Milan region. The Tunisian authorities suspect him of having taken part in the Bardo attack," a police spokesman told AFP without disclosing his name.

The arrest was made by Italy's anti-terrorism DIGOS police. Milan's prefecture was expected to provide more details at a press conference later in the day.

The Italian press reported that the Moroccan was 22 years old and was arrested in the town of Gaggiano in northern Italy, some 13 kilometres from the country's economic capital.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for attacking the leading Tunisian historical museum, which shows a trove of Roman mosaics.

Gunmen opened fire on tourists getting out of buses and then entered the museum, apparently unimpeded, and fired on more tourists inside. Two gunmen were killed in a shootout with police.

A number of people have been arrested in connection with the attack, but the Tunisian Interior Ministry had said the mastermind of the attack was still at large.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP)

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