domingo, 28 de junho de 2015

Tunisia: dozens of dead in attack on tourist estancia

Around lunchtime, a man armed with a kalashnikov machine gun opened fire on tourists staying in hotels, Imperial and Marahaba Muradi Palm Marinay.

The Secretary of State for security, Rafik Chelly, during an interview said that the gunman however shot down by the police was an unknown student, authorities in the region of Kairouan.

The same source advanced the attacker entered the beach, dress as a swimmer and a Sun umbrella within which was a machine gun.

According to the Tunisian Interior Ministry, the victims are mostly foreign nationals.

Sousse is one of the main tourist cities in Tunisia, very popular for beach resorts.

The Tunisia, considered the best example of democratic development born of Arab spring, has already been the target of a terrorist attack in March in the Bardo Museum in Tunis, when Islamic extremists killed 22 people, all tourists. The Friday bombing is thus another heavy blow on the country's economy which relies heavily on tourism revenues and striving for designing across borders an image of stability and security.

An eyewitness said he witnessed:

"This morning I went with a friend at the hotel. He was looking for a job, so when he came in I was outside waiting for him.

Minutes later, I heard the sound of gunfire coming from the beach. Then I saw a man shooting at the tourists and running towards the pool.

The tourists panicked and tried to escape when the man threw a grenade at them.

I saw a man killed by the explosion and believe the woman next door was badly injured. "

The Tunisian President, Béji Caïd Essebsi, which was site of the bombing said that his country cannot cope with the jihadist threat alone should be commissioning a "global strategy".

"We are willing to take painful measures to confront an even more painful scourge", highlighted the Tunisian Head of State.

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