29 Jun 2015

Tunisia terror: footage emerges from inside hotel grounds

A video showing the chaotic scenes inside the grounds of the hotel in Tunisia as a jihadi gunman attacks from the beach is released. The footage shows staff reacting to the attack.

New footage has emerged of the Tunisia terror attack – showing the choatic scenes as hotel workers and guests flee.

The four-minute long sequence reveals the moment terrorist Selfeddine Rezgui begins his attack at the hotel in Sousse.

The sounds of gunfire and an explosion can be heard as the man filming the event tries to find the shooter.

At one point the camera pans to show what appears to be a tourist still parasailing off the coast nearby.

The insight into how the attacker stormed the hotel follows rooftop footage obtained by Channel 4 News yesterday showing the gunman on the beach.

Shot from a nearby roof the video reveals the panic as boats circle offshore.

Today suspected associates of the gunman who carried out the Tunisian beach massacre were arrested.

The country’s interior minister Najem Gharsalli said a “significant number” of individuals were detained.

A total of 38 people, including up to 30 Britons, died after Kalashnikov-wielding student Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in the resort of Sousse on Friday.

Government reacts

News of the arrests came as the official toll of UK deaths rose to 18. Downing Street said all British nationals injured would be returned within the next 24 hours and Home Secretary Theresa May visited the scene of the attack.

Speaking at a press conference after laying flowers and observing a period of silence, Mrs May said the atrocity was “a despicable act of cruelty”.

She said: “How could a place of such beauty, of relaxation and happiness, be turned into such a scene of brutality and destruction?”

She said she had heard “horror stories” of those caught up in the attack and accounts of “great bravery”, including Mathew James, who was hit in the hip, chest and pelvis as he shielded wife-to-be Saera Wilson from gunfire.

Officials confirmed today that the total number of Britons killed when a gunman opened fire on sunbathers in the resort of Sousse is expected to reach “around 30”.