British death toll in Tunisian beach massacre ‘to pass 30’

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by Tony Hisgett

FIFTEEN Britons have been confirmed as amongst the dead of Friday’s Tunisian beach massacre, but that number is expected to rise to more than 30 as work continues to identify the victims. The identification process is being overseen by a British coroner.
Vast numbers of British police have also been dedicated to the investigation, with hundreds at airports in the UK interviewing people returning from Tunisia, and 16 officers, forensic experts and family liaison staff now at the scene in Sousse expected to be joined by reinforcements.
Security will also be increased in the UK, particularly at high profile events such as Wimbledon.
Police sources have described the operation as the biggest anti-terrorism deployment since the 2005 bombings in London.
Tunisian police are said to be looking for accomplices to gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, who was shot dead following his deadly attack on sunbathers at the Spanish-owned resort. Rezgui’s father and roommates have all been questioned, although there is no indication that they had any advance knowledge of his plan. Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by the Islamic State.
Amongst those confirmed to have died are three men from the same family: 44-year-old Adrian Evans, from Tipton in the West Midlands, who was killed alongside his father, Patrick Evans, and his 19-year-old nephew Joel Richards, a student from the Black Country town of Wednesbury.
Also believed to be amongst the victims are one Irish national, one Belgian and one German, as well as Tunisian citizens.
The Tunisian government has deployed army reservists to various resorts to increase security in a country where 15 per cent of the GDP relies on tourism.

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