Tunisia attack: North Walsham woman ‘saved’ by handbag
27 June 2015
From the section Norfolk
Tony Callaghan shows the glasses case and bag which he says could have saved his wife’s life
A Briton who survived the Tunisian attack said his wife’s life could have been saved when bullets struck her handbag.
The Foreign Office has confirmed 15 Britons have died following the attack on a beach resort in Sousse on Friday.
Tony Callaghan, a police support worker from Norfolk, and his wife Criss, are being treated for gunshot wounds.
He said the bullet went through her bag and hit her glasses case, before striking her in the leg.
The couple, aged in their 60s and from North Walsham, were staying at the Imperial Hotel for the third time and were by the pool when loud bangs echoed around the beach.
Mr Callaghan told BBC correspondent Mark Lowen his wife’s handbag took the impact of the bullet, which shattered the lens of her glasses before striking her leg.
Describing the attack, Mr Callaghan said: “A lot of people thought there were fireworks going off. I’m ex-military, so I knew that wasn’t fireworks and that was gunshots.
“So I told people and my wife to start running up towards the hotel.”
Criss and Tony Callaghan in a Sousse hospital on Friday
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