Terror attack victims launch civil action against TUI

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The families of the British victims who died in the 2015 Tunisia terror attack have joined up with surviving victims and launched civil proceedings against the holiday firm TUI.

Families of the 22 people who died in the attack have joined the 50 survivors who suffered injuries such as gunshot and shrapnel wounds in taking the company to court.

The group are challenging the adequacy of security at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel and the level of information provided to TUI customers about the threat level in Tunisia.

Solicitors representing the group of more than 80 people are hoping the civil proceedings will result in damages being awarded for clients.

On 26th June 2015, a gunman used a Kalashnikov assault rifle to attack holidaymakers at the five-star hotel in Tunisia. Last year an inquest into the deaths of the British victims found they had been ‘unlawfully killed’ but a coroner rejected a finding of neglect against the tour firms and hotel.

Mat James, 33, from Pontypridd, Wales, was one of the victims of the attack and needed several operations on his leg. He said:  “The horrible attack was obviously life-changing for so many people. Even now, a few years on my injuries are still affecting me.

“We can never forget what happened and I’m lucky to be alive, but hopefully by taking legal action everyone involved can get the help and support we need to aid our recoveries as much as possible.”

Legal representatives of the victims claim that many of those caught up in the attack had not been informed by TUI of foreign travel advice regarding the high threat of terrorism at the time and that this information was not included in TUI brochures or on the website at the time.

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