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updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian MFA on the terrorist act in Tunisia

The media reports that, on June 26, armed terrorists opened fire at tourists on the beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba and Soviva hotels at the Port El Kantaoui tourist resort near the city of Sousse. An estimated 27 people were killed and 20 more wounded, including one Russian citizen.

So far, there have been no official reports about the national affiliation of the deceased. Russian diplomats stationed in Tunisia are working with Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry and security agencies to ascertain whether there are any other Russian citizens among the victims.

Moscow resolutely condemns this terrorist outrage against Tunisian civilians and foreign citizens aimed at undermining stability and security in friendly Tunisia. We see this as a heinous crime which cannot be justified in any way. The organisers and perpetrators must receive justice. We are offering our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

We are calling on the Tunisian authorities to take the necessary action in order to prevent similar tragedies in the future and to do everything possible to guarantee the safe stay of foreign citizens in the country. 

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