The 38 foreign tourists killed in the attack on a seaside hotel near Sousse in Tunisia have been identified, and they include 30 British citizens, revealed the Tunisian Health minister to AFP on Wednesday. “All the victims have been identified. There are 30 Britons,” said the ministry’s director of emergency services, Naoufel Somrani.
Two Germans, three Irish nationals, one Portuguese woman, a Belgian and a Russian national were also killed in the attack. This is the final toll for the Friday attack which targeted holidaymakers on the beach and around the pools of a hotel in Port El Kantaoui, a tourist destination south of Tunis, explained Mr. Somrani. The bodies of 8 Britons and 3 Irishmen will be flown home today, he added.
The ministry explained that identifying victims took several days as most were wearing beachwear when the attack took place and did not have ID with them.
According to the authorities, the attack was carried out by a 23-year-old Tunisian student. The attack comes 3 months after the one on Bardo museum in Tunis, which killed 22 people (21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian policeman). Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the 2 attacks.