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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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Tunisian gunman's route digitally reconstructed in court

Seifeddine Rezgui was dropped off at the beach by a white Peugeot van. Credit: Darko Vojinovic / AP

The Tunisian gunman's route - said to be approximately 2.9km from the point he was dropped off to the point he was killed - was digitally reconstructed and shown to the inquest into the beach massacre.

Pictures of the 38 victims appeared in the locations where they were shot.

Mobile phone footage of part of the attack recorded by a Tunisian witness was shown, and the clip featured loud gunshots, shouting, and people running in panic.

Part of the clip - which captured bodies - was pixellated, and it featured the sounds of more gunfire towards the end.

Another clip, described as "very graphic" by Ms Leek, showed the gunman's body lying face down on a road with blood on the ground beside him after he was shot.

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