At least 27 people have been reported dead after an attack on a beach in Central Tunisia.
The attacks were said to have been carried out by 2 men, who stormed the beach carrying Kalashnikovs.
The attack spread to two hotels surrounding the beach, one of them the 5-star Imperial Marhaba.
The country’s interior ministry confirmed the death toll of 27, adding that it could rise and that foreigners were included.
“It happened about half an hour ago – I heard a bang and I thought it was thunder but it was a clear sky so it obviously wasn’t,” a witness told Sky News. “I heard sirens going off about 20 minutes ago and everyone came running back from the private hotel beach which is about 400 metres from the hotel. Everyone is a bit clueless about what is happening.”
Witnesses said they were first told to leave the beach and lock themselves in their rooms, and later to gather in the lobby.
It’s the first attack in the country since March, when Islamist gunmen attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing 22.