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Eight held in swoop on attack network

Eight people are in custody in Tunisia, suspected of having direct links to a deadly beach attack that killed 38 people, but four other possible suspects have been released, a minister said yesterday.

The British Foreign Office, meanwhile, raised the death toll of British tourists killed in Friday's attack from 27 to 30. Other European tourists were among the dead.

In Britain, bereaved relatives looked on at an air base in Oxfordshire as a military plane flew home the remains of nine Britons, a day after another flight returned eight other bodies.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, in which Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on a beach in the resort of Sousse. He was later killed by police.

Government minister Kamel Jendoubi told reporters on Thursday the eight still detained - seven men and one woman - are suspected of direct links to the attack.