In reading about the horrific attack by the Tunisian mass shooter, on the beach on Friday, the 26th of June, 2015, it appears that he used two weapons systems. An AKM rifle, commonly referred to as an AK47, almost certainly in 7.62x39 caliber, with several standard 30 round magazines, was used for most of the killing. The rifle is seen above. It has wooden furniture, the AKM muzzle brake, and a web sling. It is missing the standard cleaning rod from under the barrel.
On the right, below the rifle muzzle, is one of the other armaments used by the mass shooter, an IED fragmentation grenade. You can see the ball bearings or similar projectiles secured to the outside of the device by transparent tape. The fusing system appears to have been removed and placed next to the device by security personnel. At least two of the devices, perhaps more, were used in the attack, though it is unclear if they caused any deaths directly. The death toll has reached 38 at last count, and is likely to increase.
The rifle used in the attack does not appear to be one of those pictured in an image posed by the shooter before the attack. These rifles have different furniture than the one located with the mass shooter's body. The wood stock of the rifle on the left extends well to the rear of the rear sight block, which suggests that it is a mock up or a training dummy. It does not have a forward lug for the cleaning rod.
The shooter had at least three magazines, perhaps more. From Jihadwatch.org:
Rezgui was apparently well aware of the hotel’s layout, a security source said. He had time to reload his rifle at least twice before he was finally confronted and shot dead by police outside the hotel.The shooter targeted tourists and attempted to avoid locals:
“I was on the beach when he started shooting. We got everyone back toward the hotel, but he followed us. He targeted the foreigners but not the Tunisians,” said Wadia, a waiter.It is reported that the shooter had psychoactive drugs in his system, similar to cocaine.
“When he saw a Tunisian he shouted out ‘Get out of the way’ and shot at foreigners.”
The attack is said to have taken about seven minutes. I have not read any reports of attempted resistance, though some bystanders are reported to have followed the shooter and taken pictures. Perhaps they thought they would be useful for evidence afterward.
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