Fear is back in Tunisia: after the massacre at the Bardo, during which 24 visitors were killed in the National Museum, the country is experiencing hours of terror for the attack in a tourist area of the esort of Sousse. Preliminary reports showed that at least three men armed with Kalashnikovs stormed the lobby of the hotel, the Riu Imperial Marhaba in Port El Kantaoui. At the same time on the beach shots of gunfire were perceived and a second hotel was targeted in the same way.
According to local radio “Jawhara FM”, one of the attackers was killed in the intervention of the security forces – a young man who had been mistaken for a tourist because of his clothing. Local media then spread photos of a second terrorist who was trying to escape but who then was arrested at the entrance ramp of the highway.
According to the Tunisian Interior Minister, Mohamed Ali Laroui, 37 people were killed, including seven tourists from Britain, France, and Germany. Some eyewitnesses said that the gunmen arrived by sea on a boat, taking people by surprise. At the moment no terrorist group claimed responsibility, although in recent weeks many wanted to increase the number of attacks during the Ramadan.
Currently, the foreign ministry’s Crisis Unit is working to verify the presence of other compatriots among the victims and the injured of the attack. Located on the central eastern coast of Tunisia, Sousse is one of the main tourist centers of the country and its Medina has been listed among the World Heritage Site.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo