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Politician sparks fury by posing for selfie at scene of Tunisian beach massacre

Leon Watson

Published 29/06/2015 | 09:12

A Labour general election candidate has sparked outrage by posing for a selfie at the spot where the Tunisian beach massacre happened.

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Amran Hussain, 29, who was on a week-long holiday with four friends, was pictured holding his selfie stick aloft just 48 hours after dozens of tourists were slaughtered.

Wearing aviator-style sunglasses, the NHS England delivery officer who stood stood for North East Hampshire constituency posed in front of a pile of flowers and tributes.

A picture of him holding the stick then emerged and sparked widespread criticism on Twitter with users branding him "shameless" and "a disgrace".

Mr Hussain, who is an Army reservist, had been staying the nearby Hotel Palmarina and heard shots from his balcony, but did not witness the attack.

At least 38 people were shot dead in the June 26 mass killing, which was was planned to coincide with the Muslim festival of Ramadan and co-ordinated by Islamic State.

Read more: Tunisia terrorist attack: Gunman went from being a rap fan, breakdancer and Real Madrid fan to a cold-blooded killer

Mr Hussain has now returned to the UK and has since apologised for any offence that may have been caused.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Hussain said: "As you can see we took photos and posted them, for many reasons, to remember, to show those at home that their loved ones were being remembered, and to show the Tunisian people we care for them and we will be forever indebted to them risking their lives to save ours.

"I made a pledge on the site that morning that I will keep my hotel wristband forever in remembrance of all those lives that perished on Friday, and am still wearing it now. All my life I care for others and aim to help others.

"Witnessing this attack so close up has only strengthened my resolve to fight for justice everywhere and fight against injustice anywhere. My prayers and thoughts shall remain with all those affected throughout my life."

He added: "I apologise from the bottom of my heart to anyone who may have been offended."

Mr Hussain finished third in the May election and received just 5,290 votes compared to victorious Conservative candidate Ranil Jayawardena's 35,573 votes.

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