First arrests made following Tunisian massacre that left 38 dead
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First arrests made following Tunisian massacre that left 38 dead

THE first arrests have been made in Tunisia following last Friday’s shooting - in which there were three Irish victims among the 38 people killed.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which saw a gunman open fire on a beach in the tourist hotspot of Sousse.

Today Tunisia’s interior minister Mohamed Gharsalli confirmed that the first arrests relating to the attack had now been made.

He also said security would be tightened, with 1,000 troops being deployed by the state to protect its beach resorts, which have become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years.

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Mother-of-two Lorna Carty from Co. Meath and married couple Larry and Martina Hayes, from Athlone in Westmeath, were all killed in the attack.

A 19-year-old GAA star from Warwickshire, Joel Richards, also lost his life, along with his uncle and grandfather.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed today that an RAF plane was on its way to Tunisia to bring home as many of the injured as possible; as well as repatriating those who have died.