UK Tunisian death toll ‘will top 30’
28 June 2015
From the section UK
The number of Britons killed in Friday’s Tunisian beach attack is to expected rise to at least 30, the BBC understands.
The Foreign Office has put the official death toll at 15, but ministers said the number was likely to rise.
The Queen has sent her “sincere condolences” to the families of the victims.
Meanwhile, relatives of those who are injured or still missing anxiously await more news.
The identification of British victims is taking time because of stringent Tunisian regulations, the BBC has been told.
A senior government source said the coroner in the beach resort of Sousse requires medical or dental records in order to complete the formal identification process.
Scotland Yard says its investigation into the attack is “likely to be one of the largest counter-terrorism deployments” since the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005.
The Met said the operation currently involves more than 600 officers and staff, with many sent to British airports to speak to returning holidaymakers.
It has also deployed 16 officers to Tunisia, including forensic specialists and family liaison officers.
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Source:: BBC UK