Tunisia Sousse beach attack
People pray in a circle around bflowers laid in memory of the victims murdered by a gunman on the beach of the Imperial Marhaba resort in Sousse, TunisiaReuters

Around 250 British nationals have been murdered while spending time abroad over the previous four years, according to hidden Foreign Office figures. According to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Daily Mail, Pakistan was found to be the most dangerous place in the world for Brits to visit, after 37 people were killed in nearly four years between 2012 and August 2015.

Meanwhile, an average of four tourists were killed a year for four years in both Jamaica and the USA, two countries which saw 18 and 15 murders respectively.

The figures also demonstrated another worrying trend: the number of Brits murdered while out of the country increased by almost 60% between 2012-2014, in part due to an increase in terror attacks.

Tunisia in particular is recorded as being very dangerous, due to the Islamic State-affiliated mass shooting in June last year, when gunman Seifeddine Rezgui killed dozens of tourists on a beach in Sousse. A total of 34 people died in the country in the four years.

Additionally, the figures show that 10 people were murdered in Ukraine in 2014, the same year that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was hit by a missle as it flew over the eastern European country, carrying 298 passengers and crew – among them 10 Brits.

France and Spain are the only countries in the EU to make the top 15, with 14 and six murders respectively.

Six were murdered in Afghanistan, seven in Algeria and five in Tunisia – compared with seven in Australia and 11 in South Africa. Six died in Barbados, and four people were murdered in Bangladesh.

Six of those who died in Algeria are also victims of terrorism. Al-Qaeda militants overran a gas plant in an attack in January 2013. Six people carrying British passports died in the aftermath after they were taken hostage by terrorists who are alleged to have had explosives attached to their bodies.