Tunisia attack: All UK injured ‘coming home within 24 hours’
29 June 2015
From the section UK
All Britons injured in the Tunisia beach attack will be returned to the UK within 24 hours, Downing Street says.
Number 10 also confirmed that the official UK death toll was now 18, but is expected to rise to around 30.
Home Secretary Theresa May laid flowers on the beach near Sousse where a total of 38 people were killed by a gunman with links to Islamic State.
She called it “a despicable act of cruelty” but said Britain was resolved to defeat “those who would do us harm”.
Mrs May also held talks with the Tunisian, German, French and Belgian interior ministers on addressing the threat from IS.
Meanwhile, an RAF C17 transport plane left Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Monday bound for Tunisia. It will repatriate four wounded Britons – another two are also expected to return home within 24 hours.
Earlier, David Cameron told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that if families wished, British military aircraft could also help return their loved ones’ bodies to the UK.
Tributes are continuing to be paid to the British victims, who include three generations of the same family, university graduates and a husband who died trying to shield his wife.
Most of their identities have not been officially released, but on Monday, Suffolk Police confirmed that 52-year-old Stuart Cullen, from Lowestoft, was among those who died.
Three Irish people were also killed, along with one Belgian and one German, and Tunisians are also thought to be among the dead. At least 36 people were injured.
Mr Cameron said he was aware it was taking time to identify the victims “but these are very difficult things and we must get them right”.
Holiday firms Thomson and First Choice issued a statement saying they were “aware that some families continue to wait for news of their loved ones”.
It added: “We would like to reassure those in this position that we are doing everything we can to provide information as soon as we are able to do so.”
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Source:: BBC UK