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Tunis museum attack: Footage shows gunmen

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Media captionFootage released by Tunisian authorities shows the gunmen in the museum

The Tunisian government has released footage showing gunmen walking through the Bardo museum during the attack that killed 25 people on Wednesday.

At one point it shows the two attackers bumping into another man who is allowed to flee after the brief encounter.

Authorities said they had arrested more suspects in connection with the attack in the capital, Tunis.

The gunmen are said to have been trained in Libya in an area controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants.

IS has said it was behind the attack on the museum, which is next to the country's parliament.

The men, named as Yassine Laabidi and Hatem Khachnaoui, were killed in a gunfight with security forces inside the building. At least one of them was wearing an explosives belt.

Twenty foreigners were among those killed, including British, Japanese, French, Italian and Colombian tourists.

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Image caption A service for victims of the attack was held at the Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul in Tunis
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Image caption The brother of Yassine Laabidi, one of gunmen, said he had been "brainwashed by swines"

The security camera footage, released by the interior ministry, shows the men carrying assault rifles and bags as they walk through the museum.

It also captures the moment a startled visitor comes face to face with them. The gunmen briefly point their guns at the man but allow him to run away as they make their way up a staircase.

Earlier, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor said substantial progress had been made in the investigation - but she did not give any details.

'No place for IS'

Authorities have arrested more than 20 suspects since the attack, including 10 people believed to have been directly involved.

"There is a large-scale campaign against the extremists," interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told reporters.

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Media captionRached Ghannouchi tells the BBC that there is "no place for [IS] in Tunisia"

Tunisia has seen an upsurge in Islamist extremism since the 2011 revolution that ousted dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring.

The leader of Tunisia's moderate Islamist party, Ennadha, says the country will continue to be under threat of attack as long as neighbouring Libya remains unstable.

Rached Ghannouchi told the BBC that IS would not be able to establish a foothold in Tunisia itself but young men were being armed in Libya and crossing borders that were hard to control.

On Saturday, the brother of Yassine Laabidi, one of the gunmen, said his family were struggling to understand what had happened.

He described Laabidi as a sociable person who "enjoyed a drink with mates" but said he had been "brainwashed by swines who send young men to their death in the name of religion".

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