Tourists console each other following a shooting attack in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometers south of the Tunisian capital, June 26, 2015. AFP/FETHI BELAID
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Terrified tourists ran for cover after the gunfire and an explosion erupted at the Imperial Marhaba in the resort town of Sousse, 140 km south of the capital Tunis, before police shot the gunman dead, witnesses and security officials said.It was the worst attack in Tunisia's modern history and the second major massacre this year following the Islamist militant assault on Tunis Bardo museum when gunmen killed 21 foreign visitors.In Sousse, many tourists were already packing their suitcases into buses and checking out of hotels to leave after the attack.Six million tourists, mostly Europeans, visited Tunisia's beaches, desert treks and medina souks last year, providing 7 percent of its gross domestic product, most of its foreign currency revenues and more jobs than anything but farming.
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