Tunisia attack: RAF returns bodies of nine more British victims after Sousse beach terror attack

Philip Hammond confirms the total number of Britons killed is 30 and that all the victims had now been identified

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The bodies of nine more Britons murdered on a Tunisian beach last week have arrived in the UK.

The individuals were victims of the attack on 26 June. 38 people, 30 of them British, died after Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, attacked tourists at a popular British holiday destination in Sousse, south of the capital Tunis.

The nine coffins left Tunis earlier today and were flown to Brize Norton by RAF aircraft, arriving at 3pm this afternoon.

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Lisa, 50, and her husband William Graham, 51, died in the attack

Those now repatriated are: Lisa, 50, and her husband William Graham, 51, from Bankfoot, Scotland; Philip Heathcote, 52, from Felixstowe, Suffolk; Trudy Jones, 51, from Blackwood, south Wales; husband and wife Ann and James McQuire, 63 and 66, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire; Janet, 63, and husband John Stocker, 74, from Crawley, West Sussex; and David Thompson, 80, from Tadley, Hampshire.

 

Yesterday eight bodies were repatriated and unloaded in front of family members at the RAF base in Oxfordshire.

The total British toll of the massacre stands at 30, Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond confirmed, and said that all the victims had now been identified. He did not expect the count to increase.

Post mortem reports will be carried out on all the bodies before they are released, with the first inquests into the deaths in Tunisia opened at West London Coroner's Court on Thursday. Further inquests are expected to following on the proceeding days.

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