Tunisia Shooting Death Toll Rises to 40 After Belgian Tourist Dies

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09:33 27.06.2015(updated 10:39 27.06.2015) Get short URL

A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire on a beach near the Tunisian resort town of Sousse on Friday.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — A female Belgian tourist died early Saturday after she suffered a lethal wound during Friday’s shooting spree at a Tunisian resort, Belgium’s Foreign Ministry said.

The latest death has brought the death toll up to 40. Most of fatalities were British, Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid said earlier at a press conference. Tunisians, Germans, and French were also killed.

Friday’s deadly attack targeted foreign holidaymakers who were sunbathing on a beach in Tunisia’s northeastern resort town of Sousse. The gunman, pretending to be a swimmer and carrying a rifle under a parasol, opened fire at the beach before entering Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba.

Belgian airline Jetairfly sent nine passenger planes to Tunisia to evacuate tourists, according to Belgium’s broadcaster Contact. The carrier also announced on its Twitter page it had decided “not to fly to Tunisia anymore.”

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Tunisia shooting. The group also said it was responsible for the Friday suicide bombing of a mosque in Kuwait. In a separate incident in France, a man suspected of Islamist activities appeared on Friday to have beheaded his boss before he drove a van into a gas factory outside Lyon, blowing up a storage facility.

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