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Pictures capture horror of terrorist attack in Tunisia

File pictures of the beach at Sousse in Tunisia where the attack took place
File pictures of the beach at Sousse in Tunisia where the attack took place
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A gun attack on two hotels on the Tunisian coast has left 28 people dead, including an Irish woman.

Update: 15.57:

Images are emerging from Tunisia showing the aftermath of the incident.

There is also an image of one of the gunman after he was shot dead.

 

Update: 15.45:

An Irish woman is reported to have been shot in the attack.

Update: 14.54:

Department of Foreign Affairs issue statement on the incident.

Update: 14.26:

Irish holiday firm Sunway Holidays release statement on Tunisian hotel attack.

"In relation to the incident in Tunisia earlier today, Sunway Holidays is working in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and relevant parties.

"Our primary concern is our customers in the resort and we are monitoring the situation closely.

"Further updates when information becomes available."

British tourists are feared to be among the 27 people killed in a terrorist attack at a holiday resort in Tunisia, according to local radio reports.

Tunisian interior ministry spokesman Ali Aroui described the victims as mostly tourists but did not give any nationalities, but local radio reports said those killed in the resort of Sousse were mostly German and British.


There is also no suggestion, at this stage, that it is linked to an earlier incident in France where a man was beheaded in a suspected terrorist attack on a factory.

David Schofield who heard an explosion while sunbathing by the pool told Sky News: "We heard people saying there were guns on the beach and people were shooting on the beach.

"I don't know what's going on.

"I went to reception and they said the police have told us to get everyone inside.

"About five minutes ago I saw some people running. There are some people on the roof but I think that's a representative from the hotel.

"No one is injured that I can see."

However, reports on Tunisian media suggest at least seven people have lost their lives.

The hotel at the centre of the attack is being reported as the Hotel Marhaba, a popular destination for Irish and British tourists.

Irish mother of two Elizabeth O'Brien is holidaying in the area with her two sons and spoke of her ordeal.

Tension has been high in Tunisia since an attack on the National Bardo Museum in March which killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists.

In what appears to be a further terrorist act, a mosque in Kuwait has been targeted by a suicide bomber at the time of Friday prayers and 10 fatalities are being reported.

More to follow...