Hotels attacked in Tunisia’s Sousse, 27 killed: Interior Ministry

Nearly 30 people, mostly tourists, have been killed and tens of others in an attack by unidentified armed men on a tourist resort in the central Tunisian town of Sousse.

Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said two assailants opened fire on a beach resort near hotels in Port El Kantaoui tourist complex, located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of Sousse on Friday.

According to the Tunisian official, 27 people were killed in the shooting assault.

An exchange of gunfire reportedly broke out between the attackers and security forces. Reports say one of the gunmen was shot dead and the other managed to flee.

Aroui said most of the victims in the “terrorist attack” were tourists, without specifying their nationalities. However, local media said those killed were mostly German and British nationals.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the act of terror yet.

Tunisia has been on high alert since March 18, when a group of gunmen attacked the national Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis, killing 21 people. As many as 17 of the victims killed in the attack were foreign tourists.

An image grab taken from closed circuit television footage released by the Tunisian Interior Ministry on March 21, 2015 reportedly shows the two gunmen (R) who attacked Tunisia’s National Bardo Museum holding their guns in a room as a man (L) runs out of the museum. (© AFP)

Two of the attackers were reportedly killed. Two or three of the gunmen are still at large as security forces have launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The Takfiri ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which has been described as one of the worst in a decade in the North African country.

By Press TV