Russian Foreign Ministry confirms death of Russian woman in Tunis museum attack

The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the death of a Russian woman in the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis, the Rossiya 24 television station reported.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the death of a Russian woman in the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis, the Rossiya 24 television station reported.

"The Foreign Ministry of Russia has confirmed that one Russian citizen killed [in the attack], reported by the Italians, was Galina Potapenko, born in 1962. She had recently lived in Italy. She had not contacted her relatives after that terror act," the TV station said.

Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX reported on Thursday that four Italians and one Russian had been killed in the Bardo museum attack.

The Costa Grociere cruise operator said in a statement earlier that five passengers - four Italian citizens and one Russian citizen - had been killed in the terrorist act in Tunis.

The Russian Embassy said earlier that two Russian women were at the Tunisian museum at the time of the attack. One of them, Nadezhda Lukyanova, was injured and is currently at a Tunisian military hospital. The second one was named as Galina Potapenko. Her whereabouts is unknown.

The embassy said that the Russian women had arrived in Tunisia on an Italian cruise ship. They were at the Bardo Museum on a tour organized as part of the cruise.

The Islamic State radical group has claimed responsibility for the Bardo museum attack, the Al Arabiya pan-Arab television news channel reported on Thursday.

The latest figures put the death toll from the incident at 23 people, among them 20 tourists.

 

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