A group of hotel workers chased a killer, showing their bravery in a moment of pure chaos.
A video, obtained by SkyNews, shows the hotel workers chasing after killer Selfeddine Rezgui as he made his way through the grounds of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse on Friday afternoon.
Selfeddine Rezgui apparently entered the hotel grounds and opened fire at the crowd, killing 38 people, 30 who are believed to be British, according to Express.
One Tunisian threw an ashtray at the gunman, while another tried to attack him with a glass bottle of olive oil. Ibrahim el-Ghoul, 18, leapt on a jetski so he could get close to the terrorist to throw rocks at him. However, before pursing Rezgui, el-Ghoul made sure to help the tourists, saving four of them and shouting “Allahu Akbar [GOD IS GREAT].”
Below is el-Ghoul’s account of what happened.
“When I got there I found four British tourists — one man, two women and a girl — who were swimming down the beach, trying to get away. They were so scared. So I jumped into the water and tried to protect them and take them to a boat that was near.
When I was taking the first one into the boat, someone said: ‘He’s out! He’s out!’ I saw the terrorist coming out of the hotel with a gun in his hand. He looked towards me swimming with these people because he heard their screams.
He raised the gun and aimed at me. He didn’t see I was an Arab. I gathered the four people close to me and turned my back towards him and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’.
When he heard ‘Allahu Akbar’ he lowered his gun and went on walking along the beach. Then I decided to go after him. So I took a jetski and caught up to where he was.
I picked up rocks and was throwing them at him, anything I could. I was about seven meters behind him. I was saying bad words in Arabic at him. But he just kept smiling. He walked about five metres and stopped, turned around and said: ‘I am not here to kill you. Turn around and go home.’ That was the last thing I heard from him.”
“When the terrorist started killing tourists, I was in the sea trying to evacuate some people,” Mahdi, 25, a hotel staff member said, according to the Canada Journal. “Afterwards, I ran after him and threw an ashtray when I saw that he was out of bullets, before he could reload and shoot, because there were many people nearby.”
A video has since emerged of the terrorist attack,with the cameraman believed to be a member of the hotel’s staff. He is seen chasing after Rezgui, ducking in and out of harms way. Eventually, the police intervened, and Rezgui was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the killings, which is the worst terrorist attack on British people since the July 7 bombings on the London Underground nearly 10 years ago.
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