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Russian female tourist missing after deadly attack on Bardo museum in Tunisia

March 19, 2015, 15:15 UTC+3

On Wednesday, a group of armed attackers in military uniforms stormed the famed Bardo museum killing 19, including 17 tourists, wounding dozens and taking several foreigners hostage

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MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Russia's diplomatic mission in the Tunisian capital is working closely with the country’s Foreign Ministry and law enforcement authorities to find Russian tourist Galina Potapenko, missing since Wednesday’s deadly attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

The search continues following events when a group of armed attackers, clad in military uniforms, stormed the famed museum near parliament in Tunis, killing over 20 — 17 tourists among them — wounding dozens and taking several foreigners hostage.

"In line with information received... the number of dead and wounded has increased," the ministry said. "Official figures say 22 people were killed and 44 wounded."

Potapenko’s Russian companion Nadezhda Lukyanova is being treated for an arm wound at a military hospital in Tunis, the ministry said.

"Nadezhda Lukyanova was in Tunisia as a tourist on an Italian cruise liner and was visiting the museum as part of a scheduled tour," the ministry said, adding that she was in a stable condition and had no life-threatening injuries.

The embassy in Tunis was supporting the patient while working with local law enforcement authorities and diplomatic bodies to learn the fate of her companion.

Earlier reports said about 100 people were at the museum at the time of the attack. Most were evacuated.


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