Five Islamic extremists on the verge of carrying out another terrorist attack on holidaymakers in Tunisia were yesterday shot dead.
The five men were killed by Tunisian special forces as thousands of Britons fled the North African country after a security alert.
Holiday companies started flying home 3,000 people yesterday after the Foreign Office warned that another ISIS attack was ‘highly likely’.
Security forces tracked down eight ISIS suspects believed to be about to launch another bloodthirsty attack on tourists, with five of the militants killed near the town of El Ktar.
The three others escaped and are still on the run, the Daily Mirror reported.
An intelligence source told the newspaper: ‘Tunisian Special Forces acted swiftly as the evacuation got under way to stop them launching another attack.’
Despite the foiled attack – just two weeks after 38 tourists, 30 British, were slaughtered in Sousse – many of the holidaymakers flown home said they felt the government had overreacted.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was forced to defend the decision, which he said was carefully considered and not a ‘knee-jerk reaction’.
Some Britons on their way home said they felt safer in Tunisia than on home soil.
One young couple, with their 21-month-old son, told the Daily Mail: ‘We were saying to each other that there is probably more of a chance of a terror attack at Manchester airport than here now.
‘There are Army trucks and police everywhere in Sousse. We have felt completely safe.’
David Magliano, 52, managing director of membership at the Guardian newspaper, had his family holiday with pregnant wife Jo, 39, and sons Oliver, seven, and Hugo, two, cut short.
‘I do think it’s definitely giving in to terrorism,’ he said.
‘It’s like theatrical policing. It’s like having loads of police on the Underground. They are not likely to prevent anything.
‘It just gives that superficial sense of reassurance.’
After landing at Heathrow this afternoon, he added that the impact would be ‘devastating’ for those working in Tunisia’s tourism industry, on which the country is heavily reliant.
He said: ‘I feel bad, not for us having a holiday cut short by a couple of days – that’s not an issue – but the fact there are so many people directly employed by the tourism industry, or the taxi companies or in souks, it affects so many people.’
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