Britons caught up in Tunisian beach attack
26 June 2015
From the section UK
British tourists have been describing an attack on a beach in the popular resort town of Sousse, in Tunisia.
Gary Pine, from Bristol, said he head “bullets whizzing around us” and shots fired at the Port El Kantaoui resort.
At least 27 people have been killed, and the UK Foreign Office says it is “urgently investigating” whether any are British.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he offered “our solidarity in fighting this evil of terrorism”.
At least one gunman has been shot dead and another is being pursued, officials say.
Mr Pine, who is on holiday with his wife and son at the El Mouradi Palm Marina hotel, said he had been on the beach with his family about noon when he heard a sound he initially thought was firecrackers.
“You could see within seconds of the noise breaking out that people started to exit the beach very, very quickly.
“It seemed to be happening 150 yards to our left. The people in the direct vicinity of the incident were breaking in all kinds of different directions.
“There was confusion. No-one knew what seemed to be breaking out. My wife was shouting to my son to get out the sea, and as he ran up the beach he said ‘I just saw someone get shot’.”
He also said that he heard an explosion on an adjacent hotel complex.
Glenn Leathley told the BBC how his daughter Olivia, who is staying at the Riu Bellevue Park, was caught in the lobby of her hotel when a gunman entered.
He said: “She called to say she was running to find a safe place to hide. We didn’t want to call back in case the phone ringing showed them the place where she was hiding.
“She rang me in a panic at 12pm. She was crying. She said there was gunfire on the beach.
“About five minutes later she rang me again in a panic and said ‘They’ve come into the lobby’. At that point they started running to find a safe place to hide.”
He added that his daughter …read more
Source:: BBC UK