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Sousse beach massacre link to museum killings

Hayden Smith

Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Tunisian National guard members patrol at the beach in Sousse, Tunisia
Tunisian National guard members patrol at the beach in Sousse, Tunisia

Britain's Metropolitan Police has said there are strong links between the Tunisian terror attack at the Bardo Museum in the capital, Tunis, and the slayings on the beach in Sousse.

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Scotland Yard's counter-terror commander Richard Walton did not offer details yesterday.

British detectives travelled to Sousse after the June 26 attack that killed 38 tourists, including three Irish people and 30 Britons.

They have taken nearly 500 statements from witnesses and people who were in the area that day.

The Bardo attack killed 22 people, mainly foreign tourists.

Tunisian authorities have already drawn a connection between the attacks, saying that the Sousse attacker most likely trained at the same Libyan jihadi camp as the two Bardo attackers.

The assessment highlights the growing links between terrorists in the two countries, with Tunisians going to Libya to join the Islamic State group.

Irish Independent

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