British death toll from Tunisia attack rises to 27 – PM Cameron

The number of Britons confirmed killed by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia has risen to 27, Prime Minister David Cameron tells parliament.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 1, 2015) (UK PARLIAMENT) – The number of Britons confirmed killed by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia last Friday has risen to 27 from 22, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday (July 1).

Cameron told the House of Commons that the death toll was expected to rise further.

“I’m sad to say that the confirmed number of British citizens killed in this appalling attack is now 27,” he told parliament.

Cameron said that eight bodies were being transported back to the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

He made the announcement after acting leader of the opposition, Harriet Harman urged the government to provide long-term support to families of the victims.

“The experience after 7/7 was that to really help those affected families there needs to be co-ordination across departments and agencies, so will he establish a dedicated task force reporting to a minister to support those who’ve suffered in this terrible attack,” she asked.

She was referring to bombings on London Transport on July 7, 2005, in which 52 people were killed.

Cameron said the families of victims had a dedicated liaison officer at the Foreign Office.

Harman then asked the prime minister for an update on the developments following Home Secretary Theresa May’s visit to Tunisia in the aftermath of attacks.

Cameron said his government would look into ways to boost security in Tunisian hotels and intelligence cooperation with the north African country.