Top European security officials paid a somber homage on Tunisian sands Monday to 38 people killed at a beach resort, as Tunisian authorities announced the arrest of seven alleged accomplices of the gunman.
British officials confirmed that most of the dead were British, and Prime Minister David Cameron said it was time for his country to become “intolerant of intolerance” and crack down on the ideas that fuel Islamic State group-inspired terrorism.
Cameron’s office said that 18 Britons have been confirmed dead, and the total is expected to rise to around 30.
Tunisian Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli on Monday announced the arrests of several Tunisians allegedly from a network behind attacker Seifeddine Rezgui, a 24-year-old student who was killed by police near the scene of the attack.
Authorities say he acted alone during the rampage but had accomplices who supported him beforehand, providing him with weapons and logistical support.
A person close to the investigation told The Associated Press that seven people were arrested in at least three different cities and were being interrogated in the capital Monday. The person was not authorized to be publicly named speaking about the investigation.
Friday’s attack in the resort of Sousse was Tunisia’s bloodiest ever, and the deadliest for Britain since the July 2005 London transit bombings, in which 52 commuters died.
Cameron announced that Britain would hold a national minute of silence at noon on Friday, a week after the attack.