UK Tunisian death toll ‘will top 30’

The Foreign Office has put the official death toll at 15, but ministers said the number was likely to rise.

The Queen has sent her “sincere condolences” to the families of the victims.

Meanwhile, relatives of those who are injured or still missing anxiously await more news.

The identification of British victims is taking time because of stringent Tunisian regulations, the BBC has been told.

A senior government source said the coroner in the beach resort of Sousse requires medical or dental records in order to complete the formal identification process.

Home Secretary Theresa May suggested officials were having difficulty identifying the British victims as many were not carrying identification.

She said many would not have had passports with them on the beach and some victims were being moved between hospitals in the country.

Investigations continue

Scotland Yard says its investigation into the attack is “likely to be one of the largest counter-terrorism deployments” since the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005.

The Met said the operation currently involves more than 600 officers and staff, with many sent to British airports to speak to returning holidaymakers.

It has also deployed 16 officers to Tunisia, including forensic specialists and family liaison officers.

Other countries affected by the shooting carried out by 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui, who had links with Islamic State, include Belgium, Germany and Ukraine.

Three people from the Republic of Ireland also were killed.

Gunman ‘had help’

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to warn that further terrorist attacks in Tunisia are possible, and urged people to be vigilant.

Mohammed Ali Aroui, a spokesman for Tunisia’s Interior Ministry, told the AP news agency that investigators were “sure” Rezgui had help.

He said the attacker’s father and three friends he lived with in Kairouan, where he studied, had been detained for questioning.


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