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Sharp rise in Britons killed while overseas

By Richard Wheeler

Published 20/07/2015

The terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia, left 38 people dead
The terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia, left 38 people dead

An increasing number of Britons have been killed overseas, official figures suggest, with more than 400 deaths since 2010.

The Tunisian terror attack, in which 30 British nationals died, also means 2015 could be the bloodiest recorded in recent years by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The department said it has provided assistance in 67 cases recorded as murder and manslaughter this year, which includes last month's gun attack in the beach resort of Sousse.

Travel advice to Tunisia was changed after the atrocity, resulting in British tourists being advised to return to the UK as a terrorist attack was judged to be "highly likely".

The FCO said the deaths in 2015 have taken place in 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Denmark, South Sudan and the USA.

In 2010, FCO officials were involved in 46 cases, 70 in 2011, 59 in 2012, 76 in 2013 and 89 in 2014.

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