Still no news of Blackpool couple following Tunisia massacre

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The family of a Blackpool couple holidaying where the Tunisia gun massacre took place are still anxiously awaiting news of them.

Elaine and Denis Thwaites were reported earlier today to be recovering in hospital following the horror attack.

But now their family say they were given misinformation and still do not know if they are safe and well.

The couple were staying at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse when gun man Seifeddine Rezgui slaughtered 38 tourists.

Their son-in-law Daniel Clifford said the family had received a message saying that Elaine and Denis were injured in a hospital.

He said tonight though: “We’ve now been told they are unaccounted for.

“It’s just horrendous.”

At least 15 Britons were among 39 holidaymakers killed in the Tunisian beach massacre, but the toll may well rise.

Confirming the figure, Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood added that the Sousse atrocity was “the most significant terrorist attack on the British people” since July 7, 2005, when 52 people were killed.

Speaking at the Foreign Office, Mr Ellwood said: “Sadly, I can confirm that at least 15 British nationals were killed in yesterday’s atrocity but I should stress that the number may well rise as several more have been seriously injured in this horrific attack.”

He added: “This is the most significant terrorist attack on British people since 7/7 and highlights the ongoing threat of Isil.”

Kalashnikov-wielding student Seifeddine Rezgui targeted Western tourists as he terrorised the popular resort.