29May2017

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Tunisia attack on Sousse beach 'kills 28'

A gunman disguised as a holidaymaker has killed at least 28 people in an attack on a tourist hotel in a Tunisian town popular with British and Irish people.

Tourists fled from the beach in Sousse to take refuge in hotel rooms after gunfire erupted on the beach.

Tunisia's health ministry has said British, German and Belgian nationals are among the dead, while Sky sources have said an Irish woman was killed.

The attacker, who was dressed in shorts, came from the beach hiding his Kalashnikov gun inside an umbrella before opening fire on terrified sunbathers.

He then entered the Imperial Marhaba hotel through the swimming pool area, shooting people as he went and also threw an explosive, witnesses said.

The gunman was a young student from the city of Kairouan who was reportedly unknown to authorities. He was later shot dead by security forces.

A photo has emerged of a dead man wearing black shorts, face down in the street with an automatic weapon next to him and surrounded by police.

The Interior Ministry had previously said two attackers were involved in the attack, including one who had fled the scene.

Local radio said police captured a second gunman, but officials did not immediately confirm the arrest or his role in the attack.

One man said his son saw someone get shot as he raced back to the hotel from the sea.

Photographs seen by Sky News show one man in his 60s or 70s lying in a pool of blood in his swimming shorts on the sand and next to what appeared to be the body of a woman.

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