A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire at a Tunisian hotel on Friday with a weapon he had hidden in an umbrella, killing 37 people, including Britons, Germans and Belgians as they lounged at the beach and pool in a popular resort town.
Terrified tourists ran for cover after the gunfire and an explosion erupted at the Imperial Marhaba in Sousse, 140 km (90 miles) south of the capital Tunis, before police shot the gunman dead, witnesses and security officials said.
“This was always a safe place but today was horror,” said an Irish tourist who gave only his first name, Anthony. “He started on the beach and went to the lobby, killing in cold blood.”
Rafik Chelli, a senior interior ministry official, said the gunman killed was unknown to authorities and not on any watchlist of potential jihadists. A security source named him as Saifeddine Rezgui, a 23-year-old electrical engineering student.
After pulling out a weapon hidden inside an umbrella, the assailant strolled through the hotel grounds, opening fire at the pool and beach, reloading his weapon several times and tossing an explosive, witnesses said.
A security source said another bomb was found on his body, which lay with a Kalashnikov assault rifle where he was shot.
Local radio said police captured a second gunman, but officials did not immediately confirm the arrest or his role in the attack.
“It was just one attacker,” said a hotel worker at the site. “He was a young guy dressed in shorts like he was a tourist himself.”
Yet according to GunPolicy.org, Tunisia has “common sense” gun regulations that gun
ban er, control, ah safety advocates want implemented here to stop such incidents:
1. In Tunisia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law
2. In Tunisia, civilian possession of automatic weapons is regulated by law
3. In Tunisia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under license
4. In Tunisia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law
5. In Tunisia, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition
6. Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Tunisia are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection, personal protection, security
7. The minimum age for gun ownership in Tunisia is 20 years
8. An applicant for a firearm license in Tunisia must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental records
9. In Tunisia, the law requires that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register
10. In Tunisia, State agencies are required to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control
And yet with all of these restrictions, one young man was able to murder at least 37 people.
But we’re told this only happens here in the U.S., and it’s because of our
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