No reports of any injured Irish in Tunisia attack; 27 tourists dead

At least 27 people have been killed, including foreigners (reportedly mostly German and British), in an attack in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse.

At least two gunmen armed with assault rifles opened fire on holiday makers at a beach beside two resort hotels.

One of the attackers has been shot dead by the security forces and a second has been arrested.

The resort (pictured) is popular with Irish tourists.

Dublin woman Elizabeth O'Brien’s is on holiday with her two sons in Sousse - she has described how she grabbed her children and ran for their lives when they heard gunfire erupting from one of the hotels.

* Skip to around 1.00 to hear Elizabeth O'Brien’s account of the attacks in Sousse

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is aware that Irish tourists are in Sousse, but that it has had no reports of Irish injured. It is activating its Consular Crisis Centre as a precaution.

“The Embassy in Madrid and our Honorary Consul, in conjunction with EU Embassies in Tunis, are monitoring the situation in Sousse, Tunisia, and are providing updates,” a statement from the Department read.

“We are aware of Irish citizens in Sousse but we are not aware that any Irish citizens have come to harm. Given the number of Irish holiday makers in Tunisia we have opened a dedicated consular support line as a precautionary measure.

“Anyone with concerns about this incident should call the Department on 01 418 0200.

“Irish citizens in Sousse are advised to follow the instructions of the police, tour operators, and their hotel staff.”

Tunisia has been on high alert since March when militants killed 22 people, mainly foreign tourists, in an attack on a museum in the capital Tunis.


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