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A Tunisian security member stands next to a swimming pool at the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015, following a shooting attack. At least 27 people, including foreigners, were killed in a mass shooting at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images

A Tunisian security member stands next to a swimming pool at the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015, following a shooting attack. At least 27 people, including foreigners, were killed in a mass shooting at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images

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A Tunisian security member stands next to a swimming pool at the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015, following a shooting attack. At least 27 people, including foreigners, were killed in a mass shooting at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images

A group of holiday-goers and their families who were victims of the beach gun attack in Tunisia that killed 38 tourists have started legal action against holiday company Thomson, claiming that the operator failed to provide adequate security at its hotel.

Several families who lost loved ones as well as a number of those who were seriously injured in the attack brought a claim for damages against Thomson through UK lawyers Irwin Mitchell, the law firm said in a statement on Thursday.

"It's our policy not to comment on legal action," a spokeswoman for Thomson said when contacted by Reuters.

Irwin Mitchell's head of international personal injury Clive Garner said that Thomson was legally responsible for any failures to provide reasonable security precautions and adequate warnings to guests before and during their stays.

Two weeks after the attack, thousands of tourists rushed to leave Tunisia after a number of countries warned another attack was "highly likely".

Mother-of-two Lorna Carty from Robinstown, Co Meath, and Athlone couple Larry and Martina Hayes were three Irish tourists shot and killed during the beach carnage.

TUI, the world's largest leisure and tourism company, said in August that cancelled holidays to Tunisia would cost it between €35 and €40 million in total in its current financial year.

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