Protesters Denounce Sousse Attack

Protesters Denounce Sousse AttackProtesters Denounce Sousse Attack

People in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse held a march to denounce the attack in which at least 38 people, most of them tourists, were killed by a gunman on a nearby beach on Friday.

The crowds gathered late on Saturday at a hotel also targeted by the attacker. They marched through the town expressing sympathy with relatives of the victims, 15 of whom were British, BBC reported.

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid announced a security alert after the attack claimed by Islamic State.

He said army reservists would be deployed to tourist sites. About 80 mosques accused of inciting violence would be closed within a week, he added.

The demonstrators marched after dark on the streets of Sousse, with many holding candles. A separate rally was held in Tunis.

Friday’s attack was the deadliest in Tunisia’s recent history. In March, militants killed 22 people, mainly foreigners, at the Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis.

 Extra Security

Security official said 1,000 extra police will be deployed at tourist sites and beaches in the North African nation.

Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli made the announcement late Saturday.

“We don’t want to make tourist establishments into barracks; that’s not our goal. But we must act to guarantee the security of the tourist sector.”

One Belgian and one German have so far been identified among the dead, the Tunisian health ministry said. One citizen of the Irish Republic is also confirmed dead. There were also thought to be Tunisians killed in the attack. At least 36 people were injured, some seriously.

Many of the tourists in hotels targeted in the attack have left the country or are waiting for specially arranged flights.

Security officials said the attacker, who posed as a swimmer but was carrying a rifle under a parasol, started shooting on the beach before entering the Hotel Imperial Marhaba, continuing to shoot.

Officials later identified the gunman as 23-year-old student Seifeddine Rezgui. They said they had no inkling of what he had been planning.