Tunisia attack: First arrests over Sousse massacre

Tunisia has made its first arrests over the massacre of 38 people, mainly tourists, by a gunman at the beach resort of Sousse on Friday, the country’s interior minister has said.

Mohamed Gharsalli said 1,000 troops would now be deployed to protect the country’s beach resorts.

Three European ministers have laid flowers at the scene of the attack in a sign of solidarity.

Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attack.

On Sunday the BBC learned that at least 30 of the dead were from the UK.

“We have started by arresting a first group, a significant number of people, from the network that was behind this terrorist criminal,” said Mr Gharsalli, referring to gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, the Tunisian student who carried out Friday’s attack.

Tunisian authorities say he was the only attacker, but he had accomplices who provided him with weapons and logistical support, reports AP news agency.

“We are friends against one enemy,” said the interior minister, addressing his counterparts from the UK, Germany and France.

British Home Secretary Theresa May described Friday’s attack as “a despicable act of cruelty”.

The gunman Rezgui came onto the beach from the sea either by jet ski or speedboat around midday on Friday.

 He started shooting on the beach, entered the Hotel Imperial Marhaba and ran out of the front of the hotel before the police shot him dead.

Friday’s attack was the deadliest in Tunisia’s recent history. In March, militants killed 22 people, mainly foreigners, at the Bardo museum in the capital Tunis.

Tunisian authorities say army reservists will be deployed to tourist sites and that around 80 mosques accused of inciting violence will be closed within a week.

By:3news.com/Ghana

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