Tunisia is one country that embraced democracy following its Arab Spring uprising four years ago but Wednesday a terrorist attack on a museum in Tunis left at least 20 foreign tourists and two Tunisians dead.
The attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis also injured around 22 others. Two attackers were killed by the authorities as Tunisian security forces stormed the building and a Tunisian police officer and a cleaner were also killed.
Earlier there were some reports of terrorists on the run.
The attackers armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and wearing military uniforms shot at the tourists as they left a bus and grabbed hostages who were then held in the museum.
The museum is located close to the Tunisian parliament, which was evacuated when the attack was launched.
An estimated 3,000 Tunisians are fighting alongside Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The democratic outcome of Tunisia's Arab Spring was not welcomed by Islamic militants.
Tunisia is a small country and tourism plays a large part in the country's economy.
European tourists have still visited parts of the country and other Middle East regions such as parts of Israel and Egypt but an increased threat of terrorism is bound to affect numbers.
Tourists killed today were from countries including Italy, France, Spain, Poland and Germany. Early reports that British tourists were also involved were later dismissed by Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid. However that proved false.
A British woman named as Sally Adey, 57, from Shropshire, was killed in the museum attack. She and her husband Robert were on a Mediterranean cruise and were visiting the museum together.
Saturday there were reports that the authorities in Tunisia have arrested more than 20 suspected militants since the attack on Wednesday.
Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the deadly attack but Al Qaeda in the region may also be involved reports Reuters.
Sunday Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi told media sources that "There were for certain three terrorists. There is one on the run. He will not get far."