Most Tunisia hotel attack victims were British: Tunisia premier

Most of the 39 people killed by a gunman in the Tunisian beach hotel attack were British.

A Tunisian security member stands next to a swimming pool at the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on 26 June, 2015, following a shooting attack. Picture: AFP.

TUNIS - Most of the 39 people killed by a gunman in the Tunisian beach hotel attack were British citizens, Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid said.

Islamic State (Isis) militants have claimed responsibility for Friday's assault on the Imperial Marhaba resort hotel in the town of Sousse.

"The dead are British, Germand and Belgian, but most of them are British, without giving any figures," Essid told reporters on Friday night.

A Tunisian gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire with a rifle he had hidden in an umbrella, killing people as they lounged at the beach and at the pool. He was shot dead by police.

Tunisia is reportedly planning to shut dozens of mosques that remain outside state control on the grounds they may incite violence.

In a separate terrorist attack, also by Isis in Kuwait, more than 30 people were killed in a bombing at a mosque.

The country's observing a day of mourning.