Tunisian security 'deliberately delayed arrival' at terror attack hotel

Tunisian security forces deliberately delayed their arrival on the scene of the terrorist attack in Sousse in which 38 tourists were killed, an inquest has heard.

Thirty Brits were among the dead, including three generations of the same family. The youngest victim was 19 and the oldest 80.

So far the inquest has heard how:

  • One victim died after the ambulance he was in waited 20-minutes before driving to hospital
  • Another victim was killed on the 10th anniversary of her husband's death
  • That some of the victims had to be identified by their nail polish
  • The widow of one victim played dead after they were both shot by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui "who smiled as he carried out the attack"
  • The inquest also heard how a friend of one of the victims survived by hiding in a toilet

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Sousse inquest shown never-before-seen video of attack

The inquest into the terror attack in Sousse in Tunisia, which claimed 38 lives, has been shown never-before-seen footage of the incident in June 2015.

In the video, gunman Seifeddine Rezgui is seen being dropped off at the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui. He is carrying a parasol which had a gun hidden in it.

Later in the footage, victims on the beach run for their lives while Rezgui walks up and down on the sand firing indiscriminately.

UK discussed Tunisia travel advice after Bardo attack

A gunman killed 38 people on a beach in Sousse in June 2015. Credit: Leila Khemissi / AP

A Foreign Office official has said the UK's travel advice to Tunisia was discussed the day after the attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis in March 2015, but it was left unchanged.

In a statement to the inquest looking into the June terror attack in Sousse, Jane Marriott, a former director of the Foreign Office's Middle East North Africa Directorate, said FCO officials and minister Tobias Ellwood met in London to discuss the travel advice.

Three militants stormed the Bardo museum and killed 22 people just three months before the deadly terror incident on the beach in the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui.

Ms Marriott said it was decided to keep the advice at the same level, and not to advise Britons against any travel to tourist areas of Tunisia, but the phrase "further attacks are possible" was added to the Government's travel advice website.

She added that countries who also lost nationals in the first attack, including France, Japan, Spain and Russia, had also kept their tourist travel advice at the same level as before the attack.

The only country to alter its travel advice was Poland.

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