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Speedboat driver tried to confront Tunisia attack gunman

Attacker Seifeddine Rezgui killed 20 people on the beach at Sousse, eight inside the hotel and 10 on the hotel grounds. Credit: AP

The inquest into the Tunisia beach massacre has been shown CCTV and heard more details of the gun attack, including how reports of a second gunman may have been sparked by a speedboat driver who tried to confront attacker Seifeddine Rezgui.

Rezgui had thrown a grenade at an armed guard who opened fire on him as the extremist entered the Imperial Marhaba hotel from the beach with an automatic weapon, the hearing at London's Royal Courts of Justice was told.

Samantha Leek QC, counsel to the inquest, said the guard fell to the ground "seemingly unconscious" at which point the local speedboat driver, named as AI, picked his gun up and attempted to confront Rezgui but could not work the weapon as the attacker continued to claim a total of 38 lives.

Ms Leek said Rezgui was thought to have acted alone on the beach having been dropped off by an accomplice.

The inquest was shown CCTV of a white Peugeot van dropping the gunman off then driving away before Rezgui - hiding his weapon in a parasol - opened fire.


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Five injured after explosion in Manchester

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Five people have been injured, two seriously, in a house explosion.

Emergency services were called to Blackley, Manchester, just before 12.30pm.

A spokeswoman for North West Ambulance Service said two people had been taken to Salford Royal Hospital with what were believed to be serious injuries.

Three other people were being treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said five crews were called to the partially collapsed end terrace house on Victoria Avenue.

Crews were assessing the scene and carrying out a primary search of the area.

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Tunisia inquest to hear critical evidence of travel firm

Families said tourists were told it was safe to travel to Tunisia after a terror attack in the country's Bardo National Museum. Credit: AP

The inquest into the deaths of 30 British tourists in the Tunisia beach massacre will hear evidence critical of TUI, the travel company that owns tour operator Thomson, the inquest's counsel has said.

Some of the families of those killed in the Sousse beach attack said their loved ones were assured by Thomson it was safe to travel to Tunisia after a terror attack in the capital Tunis earlier in 2015.

The Sousse massacre came three months after 24 people were killed in an attack at the Bardo National Museum.

The Bardo Museum reopened just over a week after the attack on 18 March 2015. Credit: AP

Samantha Leek QC, counsel to the inquest, said witnesses speaking on behalf of TUI would also be heard at the inquest.

An earlier hearing was told that many families feared the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) may have failed in its responsibilities to thousands of British tourists.

The Government, which is also represented at the inquest, has applied for certain elements of the latest hearings to be kept private, citing concerns over national security.

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