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Tunisia arrests 2nd Morocco suspect in Bardo attack, says ministry

A second suspect in the attack on the capital's museum was arrested trying to cross the Tunisia-Libya border with a forged passport
A policeman stands guard during a protest outside Tunisia's Bardo National Museum condemning the attack (AFP)

Tunisia has arrested a second Moroccan suspect over a deadly attack in March on the Bardo museum in Tunis, detaining him at the border with Libya, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

Noureddine al-Naibi was arrested on Sunday at the Ras Jedir border post on suspicion of indirect involvement in the attack, ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told AFP.

He said the suspect was using a forged passport.

Last week, a young Moroccan man was arrested in Italy for allegedly helping in the 18 March attack carried out by two Tunisians who gunned down 21 tourists and a policeman before they were killed.

Abdelmajid Touil, 22, a migrant smuggled into Italy by boat in February, has insisted on his innocence and is fighting a Tunisian request for his extradition.

Around 50 people have been detained in Tunisia as part of an investigation into the attack claimed by the Islamic State group, a move some security experts have dismissed as an IS propoganda move.

Tunis pinned responsibility for the museum massacre on Lokmane Abu Sakhr, an Algerian militant killed by Tunisian security forces at the end of March.

Tunisia has also issued an arrest warrant for an Algerian national following the museum attack.