Gunman Kills 39 at Tunisian Beachside Hotel, Islamic State Claims Attack

A gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire at a Tunisian hotel on Friday with a rifle he had hidden in an umbrella, killing 39 people including many European tourists as they lounged at the beach. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State. Terrified tourists ran for cover after the gunfire and an explosion erupted at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, a resort town 90 miles south of the capital Tunis. Police shot the gunman dead, as the bodies of several tourists lay crumbled where they fell in the sand, covered with yellow towels and blankets among the plastic white sunbeds.