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Tunisia attack: 'laughing gunman Seifeddine Rezgu took photographs of the dead'

By Tom Wilkinson

Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, who killed 38 tourists in a Tunisian beach attack, took photos of his victims and laughed, a British man who helped saved lives said.

Rezgui paused during his terror spree in Sousse to take pictures on his phone, witness Paul Short said.

Safely back home in Wooler, Northumberland, Mr Short and his wife recalled how close they came to being killed in the hotel, and how he saved at least one life.

Mr Short, who was in the Territorial Army, told Good Morning Britain when he saw the gunman start shooting on the beach he shouted at people to get inside.

He returned with wife Sarah to their hotel room and they heard shots but he left when it went quiet, and he saw "three or four bodies" lying on steps outside.

One woman was dead, while her husband was bleeding badly from his leg. "I saw the guy that was lying bleeding out and I went over to him," he told the TV programme. "I shoved a towel into his leg to stop it bleeding, put a tourniquet on, and told him to lie down."

Then Mr Short saw the terrorist less than 50 metres away.

"The gunman was busy, meanwhile with the gun on his back, with his phone, taking pictures of the bodies and laughing," Mr Short said.

Joined by an ex-Army soldier he named Keith, they then went to flee upstairs but a deaf man was coming down, shouting for his wife.

"The gunman turned round and started shooting at him," Mr Short said. "I ran up and took him behind a pillar."

The shots missed but hit a large coffee table, before Mr Short bundled the older man into a room as the gunman ran towards them.

He took cover under a settee as a grenade went off, and escaped injury.

Armed guards arrived and Mr Short went to look for the man with the leg injuries and sat with him until medics took the casualty away.

He then went back to his room to join his terrified wife.

She told GMB: "After he left me in the room and closed the door there were two gunshots that went off.

"My immediate thought it was Paul and Keith. I just sat in the room screaming and crying. Until I saw him, I basically thought he was dead."

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