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Tunisia beach resort attack: ‘Majority’ of 38 dead are Britons

Most of the 38 dead in an attack on a beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia, are from Britain, according to Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid. The group ISIS, or Islamic State, have claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The majority are British. After come the Germans, then the Belgians and then other nationalities,” said Essid at a press conference.

The Foreign Office has confirmed the deaths of 15 Britons, but says that more victims still need to be identified.


The hospital in Sousse has also released the names of 12 injured Britons who are currently being treated.

A gunman opened fire on a beach on Friday, killing at least 39 tourists. He had shot at holidaymakers on the beach before making his way to the Imperial Marhaba hotel and was later killed by police and security forces.

The man was identified as 23-year-old electrical engineering student Saifeddine Rezgui.

Islamic State extremists released a statement on social media claiming responsibility for the attack. The statement called the victims “infidels” and described the hotel as a “bordello”.

“Our brother, the soldier of the Caliphate, Abu Yahya al Qayrawani, reached his target the Imperial hotel despite the security measures,” it read.

The British embassy in Tunis has urged remaining tourists in the country to remain indoors.

An emergency Cobra meeting headed by Prime Minister David Cameron is scheduled for later on Saturday. Cameron has described the attack as “savage”. He has promised governmental support for the victims and their families.


Elisabeth Brahier

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