Friday, June 26, 2015

Tunisia: At Least 37 People Killed in Suspected Terror Attack at Sousse Beach Resort

Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry said two gunmen opened fire on a beach in front of two hotels in the coastal resort city of Sousse during the afternoon of June 26, killing at least 37 people and injuring at least 39.

A security source in Tunisia told Reuters that one of the hotels targeted was the Imperial Marhaba.

Among the dead were French, British, German, and Russian tourists.

The gunman entered the hotel purporting to be going to the beach, but had a machine gun hidden in a parasol.

According to Sky News, tourists were barricading themselves in their hotel rooms, as the firefight was ongoing.

Sousse, some 150 kilometers from Tunis, is a popular resort for both Tunisians and Europeans.

According to Interior Ministry Spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui, the death toll could still rise.

Tunisia has been battered by terrorist attacks, most recently in March when two Tunisians returning from Libya killed 22 people at the national museum.

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