Two Britons ‘caught up’ in attack

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Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Two Britons were “caught up in” the shootings in Tunisia which left 21 people dead, the Foreign Office has said.

Seventeen tourists were killed when g unmen stormed the country’s national museum yesterday.

Two Tunisians and two gunmen also died, Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid said.

The nationality of one of the tourists is still unknown, but the others are from Japan, Italy, Colombia, Spain, Australia, Poland and France, Mr Essid added.

Video shows gunmen in military uniform storm the Bardo Museum, killing mainly foreign tourists who were visiting the attraction’s world renowned collection of Roman mosaics.

Eyewitnesses told how the killers picked off visitors one by one with bullets, while others hid behind pillars or fled in terror to escape.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We can confirm that two British nationals were caught up in the shootings in Tunis on Wednesday and that we are providing consular assistance.

“We are working with the Tunisian authorities as well as with contacts in the tourist industry to establish if any further British nationals have been affected.

“Through our travel advice, we are urging people to exercise caution and follow the instructions of the local authorities.”

Forty-four people were injured in the attack, including 13 Italians, seven French, four Japanese, two South Africans, one Pole, one Russian and six Tunisians.

David Cameron has said he is “appalled” by the terror attack.

He said on Twitter: “Appalled by sickening terrorist attack in Tunis – my thoughts are with those affected. UK stands ready to support Tunisia.”

British tour operators confirmed that while thousands of customers are believed to be in the country, “very few” are in the capital where the attack was carried out.

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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