Bodies of tourists shot dead by a gunman lie near a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Amine Ben Aziza
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A man pulled a gun hidden in a beach umbrella and opened fire at a packed Tunisian holiday resort Friday, massacring 37 people in the country's worst attack in recent history.Witnesses described scenes of panic after the shooting at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel on the outskirts of Sousse, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Tunis.The shooting was the worst in modern-day Tunisia and followed a March attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman.ISIS claimed responsibility for the Bardo attack, although Tunisia says it was carried out by an Algerian militant. Gary Pine, a British holidaymaker, said Friday's shooting happened at around midday (1100 GMT) when the beach was thronged. In October 2013, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a botched attack on a beach in Sousse while security forces foiled another planned attack nearby.The tourism sector, which accounts for seven percent of Tunisia's GDP and almost 400,000 direct and indirect jobs, had already been rattled by political instability and rising Islamist violence.
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