Frontline: Terror

Beach massacre: Tunisia makes arrests

A Tunisian special forces member standing guard at the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba hotel, the scene of last Friday's massacre.
A Tunisian special forces member standing guard at the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba hotel, the scene of last Friday's massacre.PHOTO: REUTERS

EL KANTAOUI (Tunisia) • Tunisia said it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country's worst militant attack.

Tunisia's Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said the authorities had arrested "a significant number of people from the network that was behind this terrorist" attack on a popular tourist resort in Port El Kantaoui.

"I promise the victims... that these criminal killers will be brought before Tunisian justice," he added, warning that "anyone who provided any logistical or financial assistance" to the attacker would also be arrested.

Last Friday, a Tunisian identified as 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui pulled an assault rifle from inside a beach umbrella and went on a bloody rampage at the Riu Imperial Marhaba hotel near Sousse, south of the capital Tunis.

Visiting the scene of the attack where up to 30 Britons were thought to have died on Monday, British Home Secretary Theresa May pledged to "defeat those who undermine our freedom and democracy". She and counterparts from Tunisia, Germany and France laid a wreath at the beach to honour those killed in the attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2015, with the headline 'Frontline: Terror Beach massacre: Tunisia makes arrests'. Print Edition | Subscribe