At Least 39 Killed in Attack on Tunisia Beach Resort

Many of the Slain Were Foreign Tourists

At least one gunman managed to infiltrate the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, a site popular with European tourists. What followed was a flurry of gunfire in which 39 civilians, and a single gunman, were killed and dozens of others were wounded.

Tunisian officials confirmed the incident was a “terrorist attack” but did not indicate what faction they were associated with. They also appeared unclear on if there were one or two gunmen, with some officials reporting a second attacker was still being sought.

The attacker they did catch and kill infiltrated the hotel disguised as a swimmer, and had his rifle hidden in his parasol. ISIS had launched a previous attack in Tunisia, likewise targeting foreign tourists, and there is speculation the latest attack is at least ISIS-related.

Tourism is a hugely important part of Tunisia’s economy, and the attacks are scaring away some foreigners. Belgium has warned against travel to Tunisia in the wake of this latest attack, and a Belgian airliner has announced it is halting all flights to the country.

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