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U.K. travel companies Thomson Airways Ltd. and First Choice Holidays Plc. are sending 10 planes to Tunisia to repatriate about 2,500 holidaymakers after an attack by an Islamic extremist on Friday killed at least 38 people.
“We have just had confirmation that a number of the fatalities and injuries are Thomson and First Choice customers,” the companies said in a statement on their website on Saturday. Thomson and First Choice will repatriate customers staying in the resorts of Port El Kantaoui and Sousse, and will cancel all Tunisian holidays next week, they said.
Gunmen opened fire on tourists on a beach in the Tunisian seaside resort of Sousse on Friday. Most of the victims were British, the Telegraph reported Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid as saying. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter Saturday that he will chair a meeting of the U.K. government’s Cobra emergency committee.
Extremists left more than 80 people dead in four countries on Friday, three days before the first anniversary of Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate. The attack in Tunisia was the deadliest and shattered a period of calm in a nation that’s had the most successful transition to democracy among the Arab Spring countries. Sousse is one of the country’s most popular beach resorts that attracts tourists from Europe and neighboring north African countries.
The other attacks on Friday included a bomb that ripped through a Shiite mosque in Kuwait, while a person was decapitated and two others injured in a gas plant near Lyon in southeastern France. About 30 peacekeepers were killed by Al- Shabaab militants in a town in Somalia.
This article was written by Inyoung Hwang from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.