Gunman murders 39, wounds 38 at popular tourist hotel in largest terror attack in Tunisian history
- Armed with an assault rifle, 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on the beach, in the corridors, and in the offices of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse.
- His stated aim was to attack the tourists, with 15 Britons identified so far among the dead and 1 Irish.
- The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, although Tunisia’s PM described the incident as a “lone wolf” attack.
“These were innocent holidaymakers, relaxing and enjoying time with their friends and families. … Like the victims in France and Kuwait yesterday, they did not pose a threat to anybody. These terrorists murdered them because the terrorists oppose people and countries who stand for peace, tolerance and democracy wherever they are in the world. But these terrorists will not succeed.”
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