UN chief condemns ‘deplorable’ Tunis attack

NEW YORK: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned what he called the “deplorable” attack on Tunisia’s national museum that left at least 17 foreign tourists dead.

Ban “condemns in the strongest terms today’s attack” against the Bardo museum and “conveys his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this deplorable act,” said his deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.

The secretary general also “expresses his solidarity with the Tunisian people and the Tunisian authorities,” the spokesman said.

Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen killed at least 17 foreign tourists in a brazen attack before being killed in a police assault, officials said. A Tunisian national and a policeman were also reported dead.