Why didn't Tunisia have plans in place to stop Isis beach massacre, asks terror expert

'It's surprising that Tunisia didn't have top security plans in place to protect tourists', says former detective

38 people were killed in the Tunisia beach attack

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A former counter-terror detective as said it's very surprising that Tunisia didn't have top security plans in place to protect tourists from the Sousse beach massacre in 2015.

An inquest into the massacre of 30 British tourists at the Imperial Marhaba hotel is currently taking place. Reports claim security teams deliberately slowed down on the way to the scene.

Dr David Lowe, a lecturer in crime and security, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he is surprised that there weren't "top security plans in place to try and protect those who are visiting the country," since tourism is important to Tunisia's economy.

Lowe added: “If it is shown that the foreign office has given out this warning months before he attack, then Thomson [the tour operator] should have really been duty bound to inform those who had purchased a holiday and would be going there, ;this is a potential danger.'"

The slow response of the emergency services will be hugely damaging in this case as tourists are not going to return to Tunisia, Lowe said. People will always put their "family first because we’re going somewhere where we’re going to relax."

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