Hunt for a sec­ond beach killer

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SAM GREEN­HILL EMINE SIN­MAZ

THERE are fears a sec­ond gun­man from the Sousse beach mas­sacre may be on the run.

Po­lice and eye­wit­nesses are in­creas­ingly con­vinced that Seifed­dine Rezgui, who gunned down 38 peo­ple dur­ing Fri­day’s rampage at the Im­pe­rial Marhaba ho­tel, had an armed ac­com­plice.

A Tu­nisian se­cu­rity source said: “There were two ter­ror­ists. There were two gun­men.”

Po­lice have is­sued an alert for two sus­pected ac­com­plices, Mo­hamed Bin Adb­dal­lah and Rafikhe Ta­iari.

The move came as Tu­nisian In­te­rior Min­is­ter Mo­hamed Gharsalli an­nounced that a group of peo­ple who al­legedly sup­ported Rezgui had al­ready been ar­rested.

“We have started by ar­rest­ing a first group, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple, from the net­work that was be­hind this ter­ror­ist crim­i­nal,” Mr Gharsalli said.

He said 1000 troops would be de­ployed to help pro­tect beach re­sorts.

Three sur­vivors, two of them re­tired Bri­tish po­lice­men, have in­sisted there was a sec­ond fa­natic dur­ing the at­tack.

Kirsty Mur­ray,

25,

who

was wounded in both legs, said she was shot by a man with a hand­gun who she b e l i e v e s was not Rezgui, who as­sault ri­fle.

Ex- po­lice­men Steve John­son and Michael Perry be­lieve Rezgui was not the only gun­man. They were in a dif­fer­ent part of the ho­tel com­plex to Miss Mur­ray.

“We saw what we be­lieve was a sec­ond ter­ror­ist,” Mr John­son said. “It was a guy in red shorts, walk­ing down from the ho­tel into the pool area.

“He just had red shorts on, noth­ing else on his legs or his feet or his body. And he had an au­to­matic ri­fle in his arms and peo­ple were just run­ning from him.

“We know he wasn’t the orig­i­nal ter­ror­ist, the one in black, be­cause my col­league Mick Perry had seen that man, who he ini­tially thought was a po­lice­man.

“But he saw him shoot­ing … peo­ple on the beach.”

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