Two killed outside ancient Tunisian Al Ghriba synagogue

A Tunisian naval guard killed two Jewish pilgrims, an Israeli and French citizen, and wounded 9 others, before he was killed by security personnel outside the ancient Al Ghriba synagogue on Djerba Island. The assailant was stopped in time before entering the synagogue firing at random. The synagogue, the oldest in Africa, was packed with worshippers drawn from around the world during an annual pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi Bar Yohai. They were locked inside for hours during the incident by security personnel serving at the site. In 2002, a  truck bombing attack killed 21 tourists. The US issued a statement deploring the attack and commending the rapid action of Tunisian security forces.


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