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Summary

  1. Deadly attack on tourist beach in Tunisia
  2. At least 37 killed, mostly European, officials say
  3. Attacker reportedly hid rifle in parasol
  4. One gunman confirmed killed

Live Reporting

By Clare Spencer, Farouk Chothia, Nigel Pankhurst, Roland Hughes and Hugo Williams

All times stated are UK

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Recap on main developments

Emergency vehicles at the scene of the shootings
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Just to recap:

  • UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
    says at least five Britons are among the dead
  • Tunisia's health ministry says at least 37 people are dead, mostly foreigners, with 36 people injured
  • Officials say one gunman has been shot dead - a student not previously known to authorities

That brings to an end our live coverage following the attack on a beach in the Tunisian resort of Sousse. Thank you for joining us.

UK says travel advice 'appropriate'

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says he was satisfied that travel advice to Tunisia had been sufficient, after a British woman was among 23 people killed in an attack on a museum in Tunis three months ago.

He said: "Of course an incident like this can occur anywhere. I'm confident that the travel advice we set was appropriate, but we are now of course reviewing that and we'll look at all the facts overnight. We'll discuss again in the Cobra meeting tomorrow morning whether we need to change our travel advice from what it is at the moment - we'll keep it under constant review."

'Everyone's confused and in shock'

More British holidaymakers have been talking about their experiences. Kelsie Collins, 24, of Pontypridd, who is staying at the Sahara Beach Resort near the seafront, says her family have been told to stay in their hotel room: "There's mostly Brits here in the hotel, but nobody is really saying anything to each other, everyone's confused and in shock."

Stacey Webb, 23, from Barry, says she was locked in a bathroom with seven others following the shooting: "I have never been more scared in my life but I hope God is with me."

White House condemns attacks

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says: "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these heinous attacks, their loved ones, and the people of all three countries. Terrorism has no place in any society, and the United States will continue to work closely with our international partners to combat terrorist actors and counter violent extremism around the globe."

Cameron: Heart with UK families

My heart is also with the families of all the British victims of the Tunisian terror attack. We are to help and support them.

'It's just crazy'

David Schofield, British tourist in Sousse - 26 June 2015
BBC

BBC News spoke to David Schofield, a British tourist in Sousse who was still in his hotel room several hours after being ordered to stay there in the wake of the attack.

He said: "To have this happen two minutes' walk behind where you are lying on a sun lounger and jumping in and out of the pool...then all of a sudden , hearing a grenade - it's just crazy."

'Situation on the ground confused'

More from UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who says the "situation on the ground is somewhat confused" and the Foreign Office "cannot be sure exactly how many" Britons are involved.

However, he said families had notified the Foreign Office of the deaths of five Britons and "we must expect more reports of fatalities".

Mr Hammond said the FCO had a consular team on the ground and two additional rapid response teams were on the way.

He said the government was working with the Tunisian authorities, the German authorities and he had held a conference call with British tour operators.

foreign secretary phillip hammond
BBC

Irish woman killed

The BBC has received confirmation that, as well as at least five Britons, one Irish woman died in the attack.

Irish politician Ray Butler said he had spoken to the woman's husband, who confirmed her death.

He said the couple had been given the holiday as a gift by a relative after her husband recovered from heart surgery recently.

For more, read here.

Israeli reaction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Friday's attacks show that the world is locked in a struggle against "dark forces", reports The Times of Israel. He said: "The brutal murders in France, Tunisia and Kuwait again underscore that the enlightened world is struggling against dark forces.

He said: "The fight against the murderous terrorism of extremist Islam requires unity, the beginning of which is the unequivocal condemnation of the murderers and those who support them."

Tunisia denies under-35s travel ban

The Tunisian Interior Ministry has denied reports that people under age of 35 are being prevented from leaving the country after the deadly attack at Sousse,

reports the privately-owned Shems FM.

An earlier report by Shems FM quoting a security source at the Tunis-Carthage airport, said that he was stopping Tunisians under 35 from boarding planes, on the instructions of the interior ministry.

Eyewitness describes moment she had to run for her life

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Amanda Roberts from Swansea in south Wales is on holiday in Sousse with six members of her family: "We were told to run a few seconds before we heard gunfire...we were running for our lives. We left all our possessions and we ran barefooted. Myself and my daughter are dealing with severe burns on our feet..but thank god we are alive".

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Holidaymaker Amanda Roberts quote
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Holidaymaker Amanda Roberts quote

BreakingBreaking News

At least five Britons are among the dead after the attack in Tunisia, British foreign secretary Philip Hammond has said.

Mr Hammond warned that the death toll could rise and said a "high proportion" of the casualties were expected to be British "because of the nature of the resort".

Reports of victims' nationalities

Frederic Bobin, Le Monde's north Africa correspondent, says some of the victims were from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Ukraine.

He also said grenades were thrown and that the gunman was able to continue his attack for around 30 minutes.

#Sousse #Tunisie. Les victimes étrangères seraient principalement des ressortissants du Royaume Uni, Belgique, Allemagne, Norvège, Ukraine

'He took a bullet for me'

Woman's husband 'shot in front of her'

Olivia Leathley, 24, from Manchester in northwest England, told the British PA agency that one woman said her husband had been shot in the stomach in front of her.

She said the woman was "dragged away by hotel reps trying to get her to safety but she was a complete mess. She was in hysterics.''

She added: "All she said was that he'd been shot and that he was there bleeding on the beach and he was just saying, 'I love you I love you,' and then his eyes rolled back into his head.''

Who could be behind Sousse assault?

No group has so far said it carried out the deadly attack in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, which killed at least 37 people.

The BBC's Naziru Mikailu considers the likeliest suspects.

Click here for the full piece.

One witness speaks

BBC News spoke to one tourist in Sousse soon after the shootings took place. Steve Johnson, a British tourist had this to say:

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Map of scene of attack

Just to remind you where the attacks took place - they were at two hotels within walking distance of the sea near Port el Kantaoui.

Map of area of attacks
BBC

More on British casualties

To follow separate developments on British nationals killed in Tunisia,

turn to our piece here.

Are attacks linked?

In one day, there were three significant attacks in three countries - Tunisia, Kuwait and France. Could all three be linked in any way?

Here is our conclusion.

Interpol aid offer

The international police agency Interpol is offering its investigative help to Tunisia, France, Kuwait and Somalia after separate terrorist attacks that have killed more than 80 people, AP news agency reports.

British casualties

Iain Watson

Political correspondent, BBC News

Sources at the UK Foreign Office say a number of Britons are thought to have died in the attack in Tunisia.

Inside the Imperial Marhaba hotel

We are getting more images of the damage at the hotels after the shootings - these are all from the Imperial Marhaba hotel.

A woman looks toward a glass door shattered by a bullet at Imperial Marhaba Hotel in the resort town of al-Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 km south of Tunis,Tunisia, June 26 June 2015.
EPA
A police officer walks past blood at the Imperiale Marhaba hotel after a gunman opened fire at the beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia June 26, 2015.
Reuters
Tourists comfort one another at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in the resort town of al-Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 km south of Tunis,Tunisia, June 26 June 2015.
EPA

'Resolve strengthened'

UN chief Ban Ki-moon believes the attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France will only strengthen the commitment of the world body to "help defeat those bent on murder, destruction and the annihilation of human development and culture", UN spokesman Farhan Haq said, Reuters news agency reports.

Islamic State links?

Johnathan Russell, from the London-based counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, believes the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait may all have links to jihadist group Islamic State.

He told the BBC: "It's unclear at this stage whether there's command and control centrally. I would tend to doubt it. However, it seems in terms of inspiration and in terms of motivation there is a link."

Death toll 'rises to 37'

According to Tunisian radio, the health minister says the death toll has risen to 37, with 36 wounded, the AP news agency reports.

UK travel advice

Here's updated UK Foreign Office travel advice to Tunisia: "Gunmen attacked the Imperial Hotel and Hotel Club Riu Bellevue at Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, earlier today. A number of people have been killed and injured. A British Embassy crisis team is on its way to the area.

"Some attackers may still be at large. Any British nationals in these hotels or nearby should remain indoors, and contact their tour operator and the Foreign Office on the hotline number. For security reasons they should not advertise their location on social media or when speaking to journalists."

'Heinous' attacks

The White House has condemned the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait as "heinous".

"We stand with these nations as they respond to attacks on their soil today and we have been in contact with appropriate counterparts in all three countries to offer any necessary support," a statement said.

Irish casualties

Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs says he is not in a position to exclude the possibility of other Irish fatalities in Tunisia.

Charlie Flanagan says there were a number of Irish families in the area of the shooting.

One woman, believed to be from County Meath, has been confirmed dead.

Return flights

German tour operator TUI says it is organising flights for tourists wishing to return from Tunisia.

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David wrote to tell us: "I am writing from the Royal Kenz hotel in Tunisia. My girlfriend and I were sunbathing by the pool and we were told to get inside quickly. On route inside we heard an explosion. It is now 15.56 and we have received no further information. The Thomson reps haven't been informed of anything from head office and therefore we have no information as to what is going on."

Coincidence or co-ordinated?

A Pentagon spokesman says it is too early to say if the attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France were co-ordinated, reports the Associated Press news agency.

President visits survivors

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has visited some of the survivors in hospital:

President Beji Caid Essebsi visits gunman attack survivor
AFP

He called for a unified global strategy against Islamist extremists.

He said: "We note that Tunisia faces an international movement. It cannot respond alone to this. On the same day, at the same time, France has been the target of such an operation, and Kuwait too. This proves the need for a global strategy, and that all democratic countries must now join forces.

"This is worse than terrible. We thought we were protected from that. I hope this is the last time, because we are determined to take the most painful measures to deal with an even more painful scourge."

Egyptian reaction

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi condemned the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
AFP

"Egypt affirms that it stands with those countries that suffer from the scourge of terrorism and expresses its full support for their efforts in their war against terrorism and extremism, which knows no boundaries or religions," he said.

Three attacks

The attack on the beach was just one of three today. There is no evidence they are connected,

but you can find out more about each here.

Cancelling vacations

German tour operators say they are offering people booked to Tunisia in the coming weeks the chance to cancel their vacations or change their destination for free.

They add that they will work to bring home people who want to leave the country early.

Hotel guests retreat inside

Security forces are guarding the front door of the Imperial hotel in Sousse:

Tunisian security forces stand in front of the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse 26 June 2015
AFP

They are also carrying out patrols outside:

Security man with gun
AFP

Meanwhile, guests are gathering in the lobby as they come to terms with the attack:

Tourists react at the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse, 26 June 2015
AFP

'Most victims European'

Hotel management say most of the guests attacked were British and other Europeans, reports the AFP news agency.

'Extremists feel disenfranchised'

Afzal Ashraf, a consultant fellow in international diplomacy at the London-based Royal United Services Insitute, says: "Tunisia, of course, is one of those countries that is regarded as a bit of a success as a result of the Arab Spring. And so it's one of the most moderate regimes to emerge from that upheaval - and what that means is that the extremists within that country feel disenfranchised; they feel that they've lost out and they want to hit out and try to discredit and destroy this state."