At least five Britons dead in Tunisia hotel attack, UK foreign minister confirms

June 26, 2015 22:00


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At least five British citizens were among 37 people killed in the shooting attack at a Tunisian seaside hotel on Friday and the British toll is likely to rise, Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said.

"Because of the nature of the composition of the tourist population in this part of Tunisia we have to presume that a high proportion of those killed and injured will have been British," Hammond told reporters.

"We (can) confirm that at least five Britons have been killed in this incident but I should warn that we must expect that there will be more reports of fatalities as we establish the detail on the ground."

A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire at a hotel in the resort town of Sousse and the dead included German and Belgian tourists as they lounged at the beach and pool in a popular resort town.

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