Tunisia Attack Update: Officials Arrest ‘Significant Number’ Of Suspects
Several arrests were made by Tunisian authorities on Monday following the deadly attack at a beach hotel that killed at least 38 people, most of them Britons.
European government officials flew to Tunisia to pay tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at a beach hotel in what is being regarded as the country’s worst terrorist attack. No other details regarding the arrests were made public.
A search for the accomplices who aided 23-year-old gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, who was killed by security forces following the shooting, has been launched.
According to Al Jazeera, Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said that the authorities had arrested “a significant number of people from the network that was behind this terrorist criminal.”
He said that “anyone who provided any logistical or financial assistance” to Rezgui would be taken into custody.
“I promise the victims… that these criminal killers will be brought before Tunisian justice so they are justly punished,” Gharsalli said.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The death toll of Britons in the deadly attack could rise to at least 30, as reported by USA Today. British Home Secretary Theresa May said that 18 Britons have been confirmed dead. Of the 25 victims identified, three were from Ireland, two from Germany, one from Belgium, one from Portugal and one from Russia.
Among the 39 people wounded, 25 were Britons. They were flown home late Monday.
May, who visited the site of the shooting which is being considered as the worst terrorist attack on British people since the 7/7 London bombings in 2005 that killed 52 people, said that “the terrorists will not win.”
While it couldn’t be confirmed whether the Britons were targeted because of their nationality, May avowed to “defeat those who undermine our freedom and democracy.”
U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his condolences and offered assistance and support in the investigation of the attack. Speaking with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Obama said that the U.S. is ready to offer cooperation to the terror-struck country.
Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said Rezgui was “mainly radicalised online.”
Two more terror attacks struck two other continents on Friday.
A mosque in Kuwait was attacked by a suicide bomber. The incident killed 27 people and injured 227 others.
In southeast France, a man beheaded his employee and ran his delivery truck into a US owned chemical warehouse. The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Yassine Salhi, a truck deliveryman, who has alleged links with Islamist extremist groups.
British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in an article for the Telegraph that the country was “united in shock and in grief.”
“Everyone is asking the same thing: how can a day at the beach for families and friends have turned into a scene of such horror?” he wrote.
According to CBS News, as many as 700 Britons have joined the Islamic extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Cameron said that “nowhere is without risk from Islamist extremist terrorists.” The Tunisian attacker and the perpetrator of the suicide bombing at the Kuwait mosque “tried to strike at places of hope: in a country with a flourishing tourist industry that is on the road to democracy and a mosque in Kuwait that dared to bring Sunnis and Shia together.
“They will not be cowed by terror and we will stand with them.”
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