Eight tourists were killed after gunmen entered Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday then fled to a nearby museum where they took hostages, spokesman for the Interior Minister Mohamed Ali Laroui told local Mosaique FM radio.

Seven foreigners and one Tunisian were among the dead, according to the report. It wasn’t clear how many hostages were still being held in the Bardo Museum.

Tunisia has largely avoided the violence that followed the 2011 uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has cited the North African country as a model for post-revolution nations.

Still, the past four years have been punctuated with shootings and bombings, including the assassinations of liberal opposition leaders Chokri Beleid and Mohamed Brahmi that triggered the fall of two Islamist-led governments installed after the uprisings. Dozens of members of the security forces have been killed in battles with extremists and bombings in recent months.

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Photo Credit: Interior of the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Nicolas de Camaret / Flickr