Nationwide minute of silence to be held in honour of Tunisia attack victims, David Cameron announces

He made the announcement after paying his respect to the victims in the House of Commons

Doug Bolton
Monday 29 June 2015 18:14 BST
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The Prime Minister made the announcement of a UK-wide minutes' silence to a full House of Commons
The Prime Minister made the announcement of a UK-wide minutes' silence to a full House of Commons (NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

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David Cameron has announced a nationwide minute of silence at noon on Friday in memory of those killed in the Tunisia attacks.

Speaking to a full House of Commons, the Prime Minister paid tribute to those killed in the shooting, and announced the planned minutes' silence, which will mark one week on from the attack.

His announcement came shortly after MPs observed a minute of silence in Parliament in remembrance of those who have been killed.

It is estimated that more than 30 Britons were killed by the gunman during the attack. The exact number will not be known until the identification of victims is complete.

The shooting is believed to have been carried out by student Seifeddine Rezgui. He opened fire on holidaymakers on a popular tourist beach, killing 39 and injuring 38. Isis have claimed responsibility for the massacre.

Today, Home Secretary Theresa May visited the scene of the attack at Sousse, on the Tunisian coast.

She laid flowers, and paid her respects to the victims along with her German and French counterparts.

In the wake of the attack, David Cameron said that Britain faces an "existential threat" from Isis, and added that the fight against the Islamist group is "the struggle of our generation."

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