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London expects ‘around 30’ Britons killed in Tunisia

Four of the injured Britons will be flown back in a C17 military transport plane by medical evacuation teams, says David Cameron.



By (AFP)

Published: Mon 29 Jun 2015, 8:09 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:07 PM

People place lit candles in the sand in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, where a gunman had carried out an attack, in Sousse. -Reuters

London - Eighteen British nationals have been confirmed killed in a gun massacre in Tunisia and that number is expected to rise to “around 30”, Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokeswoman said on Monday.

“Eighteen British nationals were killed but we are expecting this number to rise further and that will be around 30,” she said, adding that the evacuation of all 25 injured Britons would be completed “within 24 hours”.

Four of the injured Britons will be flown back in a C17 military transport plane on Monday by medical evacuation teams with experience of working with injured British army personnel, the spokeswoman said.

Britain is also pressing Tunisian authorities to allow rapid access for its experts dispatched to help identify the remaining bodies.

A militant gunman killed 38 people in Friday’s attack in a beach resort near the city of Sousse.

Asked about the repatriation of victims’ bodies, British Home Secretary Theresa May said at a press conference in Tunisia: “We very much want to work with the wishes of the families.”


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