British tourist describes deadly Tunisia attack

2015-06-26 14:45

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Tunis - A British tourist close to the scene of a deadly attack on a Tunisian beach resort has described his experiences.

Gary Pine said he was on the beach and heard what "we thought was firecrackers going off" about 100m away, followed by an explosion from the next hotel complex along.

"There was a mass exodus off the beach," he told Sky News. He said his son said he had seen someone get shot on the beach.

He said guests at his hotel were first told to lock themselves in their rooms, and later to gather in the lobby.

Tunisia's interior ministry says two gunmen opened fire on a beach in the coastal resort of Sousse on Friday, killing at least seven people.

Sousse, about 150km from Tunis, is a popular resort for both Europeans and Tunisians.

Tunisia has been battered by attacks by militants, most recently in March when two Tunisians returning from Libya killed 22 people at the national museum.

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