Most guests in Tunisia attack hotel from Britain, 'central Europe'

26th June 2015, Comments 0 comments

Most of the 565 guests at the five-star beachfront hotel in Tunisia where a gunman killed 37 people Friday are from Britain and "central European countries", the hotel management said.

"The majority of the guests are from the UK and other central European countries. However, it is not possible at the moment to confirm the nationalities or any other details of the victims," the RIU group, which runs the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel, said in a statement.

"While the Tunisian authorities keep working in the area and guests are being taken care of, the information about the attack at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel is still limited," it said.

"When the attack occurred, the occupancy rate at the hotel was 77 percent with 565 guests at the moment of the attack."

RIU runs 10 hotels in Tunisia, including the Marhaba in the resort town of Sousse.

Ireland's Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan said Friday that an Irish woman was among those killed.

Holidaymakers caught up in the attack on the packed beachfront said tourists ran in panic when they realised they were under fire.

Elsewhere on Friday, one person was decapitated near Lyon in southeastern France in an apparent Islamist attack and in Kuwait a suicide bombing at a mosque claimed by Islamic State jihadists killed 25.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said an emergency government committee would meet on Friday to discuss the attacks.

© 2015 AFP

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