38 Killed in Tunisian Terrorist Attack

IS Responsible for Death of Mostly British Tourists

An attack on the Tunisian resort town of Sousse on 26 June has left 38 tourists dead and 39 injured. Seifeddine Rezgui, who disguised himself as a vacationer, opened fire at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, killing mostly British tourists before being shot dead by police.

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is said to be one of the worst in the country’s history. 

Rezgui is believed to have roamed the hotel, methodically targeting guests with a rifle hidden in a beach umbrella, before being shot and killed by police officers after they arrived 30 minutes into the attack. 

Tunisian officials know of only the one gunman; however, they are searching for potential accomplices and have arrested seven suspects in relation to the attack.

Survivors have also spoken out, saying that another armed man in red shorts accompanied Rezgui, with others saying that the man was attempting to stop Rezgui.

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebi travelled to the resort, promising tougher measures to prevent further terrorist attacks. Mohammed Ennaceur, the speaker of Tunisia’s parliament, released a statement saying “terrorism is targeting the state and the interests of the people”.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a moment of silence in response to the attacks, and wrote a column in the Telegraph calling for “a full-spectrum response — a response at home and abroad; in the immediate aftermath and far into the future”.

This article first appeared in Issue 14, 2015.
Posted 11:18am Sunday 5th July 2015 by Oliver Gaskell.