Islamic State extremists say they carried out the attack on the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui with Tunisia's prime minister Habib Essid stating the majority of the 38 people killed were British. Eyewitnesses revealed the gunman "deliberately targeted" Brits during the massacre and Thomson has cancelled all Tunisian holidays for the next week as thousands of British tourists return home.

The body of a tourist
The body of a tourist shot dead by a gunman lies near the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis. Reuters
Tunisian police
Tunisian police surround the area around the beachside hotel in the hunt for the gunman.Reuters
Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel
Blood is seen on the ground of the Imperial Marhaba hotel after a gunman opened fire at the beachside hotel in Sousse.Reuters
Tourists are evacuated
Tourists are evacuated after a gunman opened fire on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia.Getty
deserted belongings on deckchair
Deserted belongings lie on a deckchair on the cordoned-off beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel.Getty
Police officers control the crowd
Police officers control the crowd (rear) while surrounding a man (front C) suspected to be involved in opening fire on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia.Reuters
Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel
Criss Callaghan, 62, a British tourist who was injured during an attack on a beachside hotel, is hugged by her husband as she lies in bed at a hospital.Reuters
Body of a tourist who
Rescuers prepare to transport the body of a tourist who was shot dead by a gunman at a beachside hotel in Sousse.Reuters
A bullet-riddled windscreen
A bullet-riddled windscreen near the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui.Getty
A rose lies on the
A rose lies on the beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui in memory of those killed.Getty