Tunisia arrests 12 suspects in deadly resort attack

2015-07-02 13:29
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Cairo - Twelve people have been arrested in Tunisia on suspicion of involvement in last week's attack on a holiday resort that killed 38 foreign tourists, officials said on Thursday.

Eight of those detained are "directly" connected to the June 26 attack in the coastal resort city of Sousse, said minister of constitutional bodies and civil society, Kamal Jendoubi, without elaborating.

On Friday, a gunman stormed a hotel in Sousse and opened fire on tourists at a crowded beach, committing Tunisia's worst ever terrorist attack.

Thirty of the 38 victims were Britons.

The Islamic State terrorist group, which is active in Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility.

Authorities identified the attacker as Seifeddin Rezgui, a 24-year-old Tunisian man.

Minister for parliamentary relations, Lazhar Akremi, meanwhile, said that the detainees had been trained by hardline jihadists in neighbouring Libya.

He added that authorities were hunting for two other suspects.

In March, gunmen killed 21 tourists and a policeman in an attack on the Bardot Museum in the capital Tunis.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack.

Jihadist groups have repeatedly attacked Tunisian security forces since the overthrow of dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

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