At least seven foreign tourists and a Tunisian have been killed after gunmen targeted a museum in the Tunisian capital, officials say.
Two attackers and a police officer were killed in the subsequent security operation, they said. The operation is now reported to be over.
The attack happened at the Bardo Museum, which is next to the parliament building in central Tunis.
At the time of the attack deputies were discussing anti-terrorism legislation.
Parliament has now been evacuated.
British, Italian, French and Spanish nationals were among those taken hostage during the attack, local radio reported.
“A terrorist attack [targeted] the Bardo Museum,” interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told journalists.
He said that the attack involved “two or more terrorists armed with Kalashnikovs”.