Coroner: British woman killed in Tunis museum attack died of gunshot wounds

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Sally Adey
Sally Adey

A British tourist killed in a terror attack in Tunisia died of gunshot wounds to her abdomen and pelvis, a coroner has heard.

Mother-of-two Sally Adey, of Caynton, near Shifnal, Shropshire, died in the shooting at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis on March 18.

She had been on a Mediterranean cruise with her 52-year-old husband Robert, who survived the attack.

Today, at the opening of her inquest, senior coroner for Shropshire John Ellery was told it was Mrs Adey's husband who identified her body at the Charles Nicolle Hospital in Tunis, the day after the attack.

Coroner's officer Julie Hartridge said retired solicitor Mrs Adey and her husband had "disembarked from the MSC Splendida in Tunis on March 18" before going to the museum.

"It is reported the museum came under fire from gunmen and she received fatal gunshot wounds," she added.

Ms Hartridge said a post-mortem examination carried out in the UK by a Home Office pathologist on March 25 had established provisional cause of death as "consistent with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and pelvis".

More than 20 people were killed in the attack, including 17 cruise ship tourists, with Mrs Adey among them.

Two gunmen who carried out the atrocity were subsequently killed in a firefight with security forces.

The Islamic State group based in Iraq and Syria later claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Sunday, the Tunisian government said another leading suspect implicated in the terror assault had been killed near the Algerian border.