By Theodore Shoebat
A Muslim gunman in Algeria overtook thirty nine people in a beach resort, and butchered all of them with machine gunfire. He also injured another 39 people.
According to the report:
A gunman opened fire on beachgoers at a hotel in Tunisia today, killing at least 39 people and injuring at least 39, officials said.
The attack took place at the Hotel Imperial Marhaba in Sousse, a popular resort town on the northeast coast of Africa.
The gunman, who acted alone, was killed by police after the attack, the country’s Interior Ministry told the Associated Press. The gunman was not known to authorities, security official Rafik Chelli told Tunisia radio station Mosaique FM.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated on social media today.
Chelli said the gunman hid his Kalashnikov rifle under an umbrella before he opened fire. The gunman then entered the Hotel Imperial through the pool and shot at people, Chelli told Mosaique FM.
Sousse is one of Tunisia’s most popular vacation spots and draws visitors from across Europe -– particularly France. The nationalities of the victims are still being determined, officials said, but a security official confirmed to Mosaique FM that many victims were foreigners. At least five victims were British, according to the U.K. Foreign Office.
The hotel had 565 guests at the time of the attack, mostly from the United Kingdom and central Europe, RIU Hotels & Resorts said in a statement on its website, but the hotel has not confirmed nationalities of the victims.
RIU Hotels said 9 of its guests and 4 of its employees were hospitalized, all with non-life-threatening injuries.
A woman staying in an adjacent hotel told Irish radio program RTÉ Radio: “As I was running towards the hotel, the waiters and security on the beach started saying, ‘Run, run, run.’ And we just ran to our room.”
Tunisia has been on high-alert since March, when Islamist militant gunmen attacked a museum, killing 22 foreign tourists.