The Latest: UK Issues Travel Warnings for Parts of Tunisia

June 28, 2015 Updated: June 28, 2015
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TUNIS, Tunisia— The latest developments on the attack that killed 38 tourists on a beach in Tunisia:

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11:10 a.m.

Britain’s Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to Tunisia, urging vigilance and warning that further terrorist attacks in the North African nation’s tourist resorts are possible.

The ministry is warning Sunday against all travel to Tunisia’s militarized southern zone, all travel anywhere within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of Tunisia’s border with Libya and all travel to the country’s Chaambi Mountain national park area.

It also advised against all but essential travel to much of Tunisia’s south and along its western border with Algeria.

The ministry says possible attacks could stem from “individuals who are unknown to the authorities and whose actions are inspired by terrorist groups via social media.”

At least 15 Britons were among the 38 people killed at a Tunisian beach resort Friday.

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10 a.m.

Tunisia’s top security official says 1,000 extra police are being deployed at tourist sites and beaches in the North African nation.

Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli made the announcement late Saturday. He said “we don’t want to make tourist establishments into barracks, that’s not our goal. But we must act to guarantee the security of the tourist sector.”

Thousands of tourists fled Tunisia on Saturday after the country’s worst terrorist attack killed 38 people. Hundreds more were to leave Sunday.

The Friday attack on tourists at a beach is expected to be a huge blow to Tunisia’s tourism sector, which made up nearly 15 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2014. It also comes after 22 people were killed in March at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis.