At­tacker had help, of­fi­cial says

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

The stu­dent who mas­sa­cred hol­i­day­mak­ers on a Tu­nisian beach and at a swank re­sort ho­tel acted alone dur­ing the at­tack but had ac­com­plices who sup­ported him be­fore­hand, an In­te­rior Min­istry of­fi­cial said.

Po­lice were search­ing na­tion­wide for more sus­pects af­ter the slaugh­ter of at least 38 peo­ple in Sousse on Fri­day, Tu­nisia’s dead­li­est such at­tack. The stu­dent’s fa­ther and three room­mates were de­tained and be­ing ques­tioned in the cap­i­tal, Tu­nis, In­te­rior Min­istry spokesman Mo­hamed Ali Aroui told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

The sus­pect has been iden­ti­fied as Seifed­dine Rezgui, 24, a grad­u­ate of Tu­nisia’s Kairouan Univer­sity. The mil­i­tant group Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve ac­com­plices pro­vided the Kalash­nikov as­sault rif le and helped Rezgui get to the scene, Aroui said.

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