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At Least 19 Tourists Dead in Tunisian Hotel Attacks as Gunmen Shoot People on Sunbeds

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Gunmen have killed at least 19 people in an attack on two hotels in the popular holiday destination of Sousse.


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Friday June 26, 2015, 5:51 am

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Friday June 26, 2015, 7:05 am
The world is going to hell.

Beth S (330)
Friday June 26, 2015, 8:56 am
Terrorist coward hides his face as outraged woman punches him after he is arrested for killing 28
defenceless tourists in machine gun massacre on Tunisian beach
Gunmen have carried out a terrorist attack at holiday destination of Sousse
Militants, thought to be from ISIS, exchanged gunfire with security services
Gunmen have killed at least 28 people in the attack on a tourist beach
Local media have reported those killed were mostly British and German
Attack comes just hours after a man was decapitated near Lyon, in France
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Islamic terrorists have killed at least 28 people in an attack on two hotels at a popular holiday destination in Tunisia.

Militants, feared to be from ISIS, exchanged gunfire with security services on a beach packed with British holidaymakers.

The attack took place at the Al-Qantawi resort in the city of Sousse, around 140 kilometres south of the capital Tunis on the Mediterranean coast.

Local media have reported that those killed were mostly German and British tourists.

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, it has been reported.

The hotels attacked are understood to be the Imperial Marhaba and the Soviva.

British tourist Gary Pine told Sky News said: 'We thought fire crackers were going off but you could see quite quickly what was going on.

'There was a mass exodus off the beach. My son was in the sea at the time and myself and my wife were shouting at him to get out and as he ran up he said I've just saw someone get shot.

'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.'

Elizabeth O'Brien, an Irish woman on holiday with her two sons in the resort, described how she grabbed her children and ran for their lives when they heard gunfire erupting from one of the hotels.
Shesaid: 'We were on the beach. My sons were in the sea and I just got out of the sea.

'It was about 12 o'clock and I just looked up about 500 metres from me and I saw a (hot air) balloon collapse down, then rapid firing, then I saw two of the people who were going to go up in the balloon start to run towards me - because I thought it was fireworks.

'So, I thought "oh my God, it sounds like gunfire", so I just ran to the sea to my children and grabbed our things and as I was running towards the hotel.

'The waiters and the security on the beach started saying "run, run run!" and we just ran to our room, which is like a little bungalow. So we are actually trapped in our room.'

The British Government's emergency Cobra committee will meet this afternoon following the attack in Tunisia and another one in France where a man was decapitated at a gas factory by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.

Prime Minister David offered 'our solidarity in fighting this evil of terrorism'.

He added: 'Our hearts go out to the victims of appalling terrorist acts in France and Tunisia.'

Susan Rickett, who was staying at the Palm Marina Hotel near Sousse, said: 'My sister was talking to someone who had seen some people shooting and had shot someone on a sun bed but we don't know if that's true.

'It sounded like a machine gun going off... and there was a kind of explosion a little bit later.

'They're saying its going on in the hotel next to us. Police were chasing some men, that's all I know.'
Rebecca Miles, a British tourist who was staying at the Royal Kenz hotel with her boyfriend Dean Anderson, 24, told MailOnline: 'We were told to go back to our rooms because there were reports of a bomb.

'It happened about half an hour ago โ€“ I heard a bang and I thought it was thunder but it was a clear sky so it obviously wasn't.

'I heard sirens going off about 20 minutes ago and everyone came running back from the private hotel beach which is about 400 metres from the hotel. Everyone is a bit clueless about what is happening.

'People are anxious because they don't really know what is happening and we are now stuck in our rooms. There have been deaths apparently.'

David Schofield said: 'We heard quite a large explosion...People are running around the hotel. No-one has really been told what to do.'

The Foreign Office said it is aware of the reports and is looking into them.

In a statement, Thomas Cook said: 'Thomas Cook has been advised of an incident that occurred earlier today in Sousse, Tunisia.

'At this time, details are not clear as to which property(ies) have been affected, with conflicting news reports.
'We are currently gathering information and will provide an update as soon as possible.

'Our teams on the ground are offering every support to our customers and their families in the area.

'We will continue to monitor the situation, working closely with the FCO and local authorities.'

Holiday brands Thomson and First Choice said they were 'aware of a suspected terrorist incident in Tunisia'.
They added: 'We are working closely with our teams in Tunisia and the relevant authorities to determine exactly what has happened and provide assistance to those affected.

'More information will be released as it becomes available.'

This morning's news follows a similar attack in March, when three terrorists attacked the Bardo National Museum in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis, and took hostages.

Twenty-one people, mostly European tourists, were killed at the scene, while an additional victim died ten days later.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest involving foreigners in Tunisia since a 2002 suicide bombing on the island of Djerba.

The attack comes just hours after a man was decapitated and dozens more injured at a gas product factory in France by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.

The attack took place at the headquarters of the American owned Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon, in the south east of the country.

The murder is believed to have been accompanied by several explosions on the site cause by a terrorist igniting small 'gas bombs' that injured dozens of factory workers.

It is believed the explosions may have intended to blow up the entire factory site but failed.

The murdered man's head is understood to have been found 30 feet away from his body, hanging on the factory's fence.

The dead man's head was covered in Arabic 'inscriptions' before being placed on the fence, according to local journalists at the scene.

A 30-year-old man - named by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as Yacine Sali who is understood to have been known to security services since at least 2006 - has already been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group.

The man is believed not to have a criminal record but was considered to have 'possibly been radicalised'.

This morning's savage attack on a beach near two tourist hotels on the Mediterranean comes as Tunisia was just beginning to recover from the massacre of 22 people in March.

In that attack gunmen stormed the Bardo National Museum in the capital Tunis, firing indiscriminately in a brazen daylight raid.

Three jihadis opened fire on a bus load of tourists arriving at the museum before chasing them into the building and killing more, Prime Minister Habib Essid said at the time.

21 people were killed at the scene - including one Briton - while another person died 10 days later in hospital.
A further 50 people were injured in what is believed to be the worst terror attack in modern Tunisian history.

Two of the perpetrators, Yassine Labidi and Saber Khachnaoui, were killed at the scene of the attack, while the third identity is not yet clear.

Dozens of men have so far been arrested in connection with the attack, although many of them were detained on suspicion of helping to plan the massacre, rather than taking part.

Tunisian officials blamed the Bardo museum attack on a local terror group called the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade - an Al Qaeda offshoot that declared allegiance to ISIS last September.

The British victim of the Bardo museum attack was mother-of-two Sally Adey, of Caynstall, near Shifnal, Shropshire.

The retired British solicitor died from wounds to her stomach and pelvis while on a stop off on a Mediterranean cruise with her 52-year-old husband Robert, who survived the attack and had to identify his wife's body.

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Beth S (330)
Friday June 26, 2015, 8:59 am
Many people in the U.S. and elsewhere argue that if Muslims attack non-Muslims, it is the fault of the non-Muslims.

Is it not, by that rationale, the fault of the tourists who were killed because they offended the sensibilities of Salafi Muslims, who consider it to be very much against Islam for women to expose so much of their bodies?

Should we disallow women from wearing bikinis and bathing suits wherever there are Muslims who might be offended?

Past Member (0)
Friday June 26, 2015, 10:18 am
Woke up to this.
When there are deaths I always think Soneone lost someone they loved today.
Thank you

Beth S (330)
Friday June 26, 2015, 10:55 am
Last I saw it was 28 dead and counting.

Caroline S (78)
Friday June 26, 2015, 2:30 pm

Thank you

Sheila D (194)
Friday June 26, 2015, 3:09 pm
Sad...and very scary. Thanx Scooby.

Scooby S (95)
Friday June 26, 2015, 3:15 pm
The final moments of a machine gun-wielding terrorist, who slaughtered 37 innocent people and injured another 36 on a beach in Tunisia today, have been captured on camera.

AK47 in hand, he prowls the streets of Sousse, the popular resort town where he opened fire on the beach packed with holidaymakers.
The assassin is believed to be Seifeddine Yacoubi, 23, an aviation student from the Tunisian city of Kairouan.

It has emerged that a heroic British man, who was shot three times on the beach during the attack, bravely used his body as a human shield to protect his fiancee from being killed by the maniac gunman.
At least five British tourists were killed during the bloody onslaught and that number is expected to rise, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said. Lorna Carty from Ireland and 60-year-old James McGuire are thought to be among those deceased.
It has also been reported that a 16-year-old British boy saw his parents and grandmothers gunned down.

The massacre took place at about the same time as the bombing of a Shi'ite mosque in Kuwait, where 25 worshippers were killed, and another attack on a United States-owned factory in France in which a man was beheaded.
The violence comes just days after ISIS urged its fanatic followers to 'make Ramadan a month of calamities' and rise up against the 'non-believers'.


Scooby S (95)
Friday June 26, 2015, 3:25 pm
@ Beth S

No, why should we not allow people to wear bikinis in our country that might offend Muslims.
They chose to live in our country, be a citizen, they have millions spent on mosques. We go to their countries, we have to cover up and follow their laws and we respect theirs.
I love and am proud of my country, and I don't want to lose it.

Wearing a burka, it is degrading for woman who can't show themselves. We go to a bank or put petrol in our cars, you have to take your helmet off, they don't have to. Not good security. And Halal meat, don't get me started!!!!

Beth S (330)
Friday June 26, 2015, 3:44 pm
Thank you, Scooby. My remarks were not only tongue-in-cheek, but they were made as a way to get people to think about the logic of their own positions.

The only think I might point out is that Tunisia is an Arab country, perhaps one of the most Westernized (relatively speaking).

I love my country, too, and I don't want to lose it either. I'd be very happy to make your acquaintance.

pam w (139)
Friday June 26, 2015, 3:56 pm
This was a tourist area and tourists wear bathing suits on beaches.

Guess they provided a grand excuse for BARBARITY! Figures.

No--wait! It must be the fault of ISRAEL....right?

Scooby S (95)
Friday June 26, 2015, 4:00 pm
@ Pam

Why Israel?

This is an Arabic country

Walter F (129)
Friday June 26, 2015, 4:13 pm
Our sympathies are with the victims and their loved ones,.If it is possible to curse may this follower of ha mashuga and his brothers be cursed.

MmAway M (522)
Friday June 26, 2015, 8:32 pm
I would NEVER ever blame Israel ~ this is a HATE CRIME and our WORLD/Humans are in the CRAPPER!

Thank you Scooby, you should never ever have to defend anything you post.

People are...

Stan B (123)
Friday June 26, 2015, 8:49 pm
Expect more of the same from these maniacs.

Kay M (46)
Friday June 26, 2015, 9:20 pm
Good Evening and thank you for this article - which I read and noted - so sad - so many have to die for the twisted ideals of others Just look at what went on here in South Carolina this week Sincerely Kay M.

Scooby S (95)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 2:11 am

The Tunisian prime minister has warned that the majority of the 38 tourists shot dead in the terror attack yesterday are British, as the first names emerged.


Winn A (179)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 9:06 am
So sad . . . . .

Maggie D (69)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 12:52 pm
And the killing just continues. I agree with you Scooby. If Muslims are offended by women showing too much of their bodies ten they shouldn't go to places where women show their bodies. They want the whole world to adhere to their standards. To that I say, "Over my dead body."

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 2:01 pm
Terrible. There is never a good reason for killing people. Never. If you want others to understand your view then it is via words. Live and let live. That these young people get so wrapped up into killing people they don't even know and sacrifice their own young lives most the time is dangerous craziness. What a waste of precious life for all. But the gunman had a choice to throw his away, the poor victims didn't have that choice.

Billions of years in the history to get to this day and to have each life be as precious as the other only to have so many brainwashed fools destroying everything, terrible beyond words.

Stan B (123)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 5:42 pm
Maggie. I don't think it's anything to do with women's bodies. These nutcases have been brainwashed to hate and to kill anyone who doesn't agree with their twisted agenda.

pam w (139)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 6:31 pm
Scooby...sorry you didn't understand my sarcasm.

There's a very vocal minority here who will blame Israel for EVERYTHING.

My comment was to them.

Georga Greenwood (17)
Sunday June 28, 2015, 4:53 am
Firstly may I extend my heartfelt condolences to everyone touched by the massacre of innocent holiday makers & extend my disgust towards the terrorists & everyone who supports them !
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