Britons leave Tunisia amid new terror threats

People join hands as they observe a minute's silence in memory of those killed in a recent attack by an Islamist gunman, at a beach in Sousse, Tunisia July 3, 2015. Tunisian authorities were on Thursday hunting further suspects in the Sousse hotel attack identified by officials as part of a group trained in a Libyan jihadist camp alongside gunmen who carried out a massacre at a Tunis museum. Thirty-eight foreigners, most British holidaymakers, were killed in last Friday's attack before the gunman was shot by police. REUTERS/Anis Mili - RTX1IWIY
People join hands as they observe a minute’s silence in memory of those killed in a recent attack by an Islamist gunman, at a beach in Sousse, Tunisia July 3, 2015. Tunisian authorities were on Thursday hunting further suspects in the Sousse hotel attack identified by officials as part of a group trained in a Libyan jihadist camp alongside gunmen who carried out a massacre at a Tunis museum. Thirty-eight foreigners, most British holidaymakers, were killed in last Friday’s attack before the gunman was shot by police. REUTERS/Anis Mili – RTX1IWIY
Britain’s Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to Tunisia and is asking all its citizens to leave the North African country.

This follows warnings that further terrorist attacks were highly likely there.

A total of 38 people among them 30 Britons were killed when a lone gunman, identified as Saif Rezgui, opened fire on holidaymakers at a sea front resort in the town of Sousse two weeks ago.

In March, two gunmen killed 24 people dead, 21 of them foreign tourists, in an attack at the Bardo museum in the Tunisian capital Tunis.

British authorities say they don’t believe that the security measures put in place in Tunisia were sufficient to keep holidaymakers safe.

UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Philip Hammond said in a video statement that while the office doesn’t have any information about a specific or imminent threat, its intelligence suggests another terrorist attack is “highly likely.”

According to Hammond, there are approximately 3,000 British tourists currently in the country, and a few hundred British residents. The overwhelming majority of them are on organized tours, which have agreed to work with the British government to bring them back on short notice.
Thomas Cook, a UK-based tourist agency, said that it will bring all of its customers currently in Tunisia back to the UK as soon as possible, via 10 flights booked over the weekend with third-party carriers.

The agency tweeted that it will be canceling bookings to Tunisia through Oct. 31:

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