Third French citizen dies after Tunis terror attack

More than 40 others were wounded during the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunisia.

FILE: Tunisian security forces secured the area after gunmen attacked Tunis’ famed Bardo Museum on 18 March 2015. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - French President Francois Hollande on Friday confirmed a third French citizen died from wounds sustained during this week's terror attack in Tunisia, bringing the death toll to 24.

More than 40 others, including a South African were wounded during the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis.

Isis claimed responsibility for Wednesday's siege in which two gunmen were also killed.

Tunisian officials have now revealed the gunmen were trained in neighbouring Libya.

Tunisian officials are reportedly saying a South African is among 17 tourists killed in and around the Bardo Museum next to the country's parliament.

Pretoria has not confirmed this.

Rafik Chelli, the Interior Ministry's top security official, says the attackers, who were both killed by police, had slipped out of Tunisia in December and received weapons training in Libya before returning home.

The Islamic State group based in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the Barda attack.

Several well-armed groups in Libya have pledged their allegiance to Islamic State.

Meanwhile, European Union leaders agreed on Friday to increase cooperation with Tunisia, saying they would also offer more economic assistance to the new Arab democracy.

In a statement agreed at an EU summit in Brussels, the leaders condemned the Tunis attack and expressed sympathy for the victims. It added: "The European Union and its member states will intensify cooperation with Tunisia to counter this common terrorist threat, to strengthen Tunisia's promising democracy and to assist its economic and social development."

With neighbouring Libya in chaos following a Western-backed revolt in 2011, and with military rulers back in power in Egypt, EU states are keen to bolster the elected authorities in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring protests for democracy began.