No fewer than 27 people were killed by a gunman who attacked a Tunisian tourist hotel in the popular resort of Sousse, an official says.
Foreign tourists were also among those killed by the gunman in the attack on the Imperial Marhaba hotel on Friday, according to the interior ministry spokesperson.
Six other people were wounded, the ministry spokesman said.
“One attacker opened fire with a Kalashnikov on tourists and Tunisians on the beach of the hotel,” said a hotel worker at the site.
“It was just one attacker. He was a young guy dressed in shorts like he was a tourist himself.”
The body of one gunman lay at the scene with a Kalashnikov assault rifle after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire with police, witnesses said.
Irishwoman Elizabeth O’Brien, who was staying at a neighbouring hotel with her two sons, said there was panic on the beach when gunfire erupted.
“I honestly thought it was fireworks and then when I saw people running… I thought, my God, it is shooting,” she told Irish radio station RTE. “The waiters and the security on the beach started to say ‘Run, run, run!'”
Tunisia has been on high alert since March, when Islamist militant gunmen attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing a group of foreign tourists in one of the worst attacks in a decade in the North African country.
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