Tunisian Police Arrest 12 in Connection With Sousse Hotel Attack

© AFP 2022 / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD A Tunisian police car patrols in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 27, 2015
A Tunisian police car patrols in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 27, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Tunisian government official said that local security forces have arrested 12 people in connection to last Friday's terrorist attack.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Local security forces have arrested 12 people in connection to last Friday's terrorist attack in the northeastern Tunisian resort town of Sousse, a Tunisian government official said Thursday.

Police are still search for two others, who allegedly trained in Libya alongside the man behind the attack, the official said as cited by the BBC.

On June 26, a gunman, later identified as Seifeddine Rezgui, walked down a beach in Sousse fatally shooting nearly 40 holidaymakers with an automatic rifle. A further 40 people were injured. The gunman, shot dead by police at the site, is believed to have been assisted by a local support group.

On Monday, Tunisian security officials detained seven people, including the gunman's father and three university roommates, on suspicion of aiding and encouraging the suspect to carry out the deadly massacre.

The Islamic State (ISIL) jihadist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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