(L to R bottom) Cazeneuve, De Maiziere, Gharsalli and May lay flowers on the site of the attack on the beach in Port el Kantaoui, near Sousse.
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Tunisia said Monday it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country's worst extremist attack.The massacre, claimed by ISIS, was the deadliest for Britain since the 2005 London bombings, and there are fears it could inflict a devastating blow to Tunisia's vital tourism industry.Tunisia says four other victims have been identified as tourists from Germany, Portugal, Ireland and Belgium.The attack – the second on tourists in Tunisia after the National Bardo Museum killings killed 22 people in March – prompted authorities to boost security at attractions and along its 1,000-kilometer coastline.Witnesses say the attack lasted 30 to 40 minutes, raising questions as to why security forces did not intervene sooner.However, the Interior Ministry said police arrived "seven to eight minutes" after the shooting began.The recent attacks are damaging to the crucial tourism industry, which accounts for seven percent of Tunisia's Gross Domestic Product and almost 400,000 jobs.
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