Police make arrests following Tunisia beach massacre

Tunisian authorities announce number of people arrested over Sousse massacre which claimed 39 deads

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Tunisian Interior Minister has on Sunday said that the country arrested a group of people over the brutal beach shooting in eastern city of Sousse in Tunisia on Friday, resulting with death of 39 people including many tourists.

"We have started by arresting a first group, a significant number of people, from the network that was behind this terrorist criminal," said Tunisian Interior Minister Mohamed Gharsalli, referring to Seifeddine Rezgui, the Tunisian student who carried out the shooting.

The attacker was shot dead by police in front of the hotel shortly after the incident when he ran tried to out.

According to AP news agency, Tunisian authorities say that he was the only attacker, but weapons and logistical support were provided him by his accomplices.

The minister added that 1,000 troops would be deployed with the aim of protecting beach resorts in the country.

BBC reported on Sunday that at least 30 of the victims were from the UK.

ISIS claimed the responsibility for the Friday’s attack in a statement posted on a Twitter account.

The Tunisian government decided to close 80 mosques "out of state control" for allegedly inciting violence as part of several immediate measures taken after the armed attack.

Sousse is one of Tunisia's most popular beach resorts, drawing visitors from Europe and neighbouring North African countries.

Tunisia has been on high alert since March when militant gunmen attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing a group of foreign tourists in one of the worst attacks in a decade in the North African country.

TRTWorld and agencies