Security intensifies following Tunisia beach attack

28 June 2015

Lone gunman kills 38 at beach resort in Sousse

  • Tourists killed on Tunisian beach
  • Isis has taken responsibility for the attack
  • Tunis promises security clampdown

At least 38 people have been killed in an attack on a beach hotel in Tunisia on 26 June.

A lone gunman killed at least 38 people as he fired at tourists at the Marhaba beach hotel in the coastal city of Sousse.

The Tunisian health ministry has put the death toll at 38, with the majority being British, German and Belgian tourists.

The gunman, who was shot down at the scene, was later identified as Seifeddine Rezgui, a student not previously known to authorities. The jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), which said it was behind the attack, named him as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani.

It was the worst attack in Tunisia’s recent history and comes a few months after gunmen killed 22 tourists in the Tunis Bardo museum in the country’s capital in March.

Many tourists have been leaving the country, with airline companies offering additional flights.

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid has since announced a clampdown on security, after he said army reservists would be deployed to tourism hotspots across the country.

The authorities also confirmed the closing of about 80 mosques believed to be inciting extremism.

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