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Murdered British tourists remembered at site of Tunisia beach atrocity

Published 26/06/2016

Tributes on the beach at Sousse in Tunisia after the massacre which is being marked a year on
Tributes on the beach at Sousse in Tunisia after the massacre which is being marked a year on

Thirty eight white roses were laid on the Tunisian beach where British holidaymakers lost their lives in a terror attack last year.

Locals gathered at the site of the seaside massacre in Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on Sunday afternoon for a minute's silence and placed flowers on the sand representing each victim.

The 15-minute long emotional ceremony was attended by around 50 people - including hotel workers and local people who had tried to help victims of the attack. Thirty eight people, including 30 Britons, were killed in the mass shooting on June 26 2015.

Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui was shot dead by police after carrying out the attack, for which terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Traditional Tunisian buglers started the minute's silence and representatives from embassies in the country laid a wreath next to a temporary plaque on the beach.

The minister for North Africa, Tobias Ellwood, travelled to Tunisia for the service and held meetings with officials from the country's government.

He said: "As we mark the first anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack in Sousse we remember the 38 people brutally murdered, including 30 British nationals.

"A year on, we keep in our thoughts and prayers the family and friends who lost loved ones, those who were injured and others who witnessed this horrendous attack.

"We continue to work closely with Tunisia to enhance security and support economic development and reform. Tunisia will not stand alone in the face of the terrorist threat and the UK will be by its side."

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