Date
18 October 2017
Tunisian special forces secure the beachside of the Imperial Marhaba resort following a deadly terror attack on Friday. Photo: Reuters
Tunisian special forces secure the beachside of the Imperial Marhaba resort following a deadly terror attack on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Tunisia arrests group after massacre of tourists by gunman

Tunisian authorities have arrested a group of people suspected to have links with a network that is believed to be behind the gunman who carried out Friday’s deadly attack at a beach hotel.

Interior Minister Mohamed Gharsalli didn’t give further details, but said authorities are stepping up their investigation into the attack which left 38 people, mainly tourists, dead in the seaside resort town of Sousse, BBC reported.

“We have started by arresting a first group, a significant number of people, from the network that was behind this terrorist criminal,” Gharsalli was quoted as saying.

The minister was referring to gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, the Tunisian student who carried out Friday’s attack.

Authorities believe Rezgui had accomplices who provided him with weapons and logistical support.

In other comments, Gharsalli said 1,000 troops will now be deployed to protect the country’s beach resorts following the latest incident.

Rezgui started shooting on the beach, entered the Hotel Imperial Marhaba and ran out of the front of the hotel before the police shot him dead.

The attack was the deadliest in Tunisia’s recent history. In March, militants killed 22 people, mainly foreigners, at the Bardo museum in the capital Tunis.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

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