At least one gunman attacked a luxury hotel Friday in coastal Sousse, Tunisia, leaving at least 27 people dead, officials from the country's Interior Ministry said, RT reported. Security forces engaged the attacker with gunfire, as the fight continued into early afternoon local time, according to an Interior Ministry spokesman.


Unofficial sources reported that 13 tourists were killed, alongside one attacker. It was unclear how many attackers entered the hotel, and at least one man with a Kalashnikov had gone onto the hotel's private beach.


It was Tunisia's second major recent attack by gunmen who appeared to be targeting tourists and visitors to the country. In March, terrorists opened fire at the Bardo National Museum in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, killing more than 20 people and injuring some 50 others.