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Arrests made in deadly attack on Tunisian resort

A source tells the AP seven people are being held for suspected ties to gunman Saif Rezgui, who killed 38 people

Seven people are being interrogated in Tunisia's capital in the investigation into a deadly beach resort attack that killed 38 people, a person with knowledge of the investigation told the Associated Press.

That person said that four people were arrested Monday — two in the resort town of Sousse where the attack occurred, one in the capital Tunis and one in the city of Kasserine. Three others were arrested Sunday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity, because he wasn't authorized to be publicly named.

Earlier, Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli said that multiple arrests have been made, but provided few details.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for last Friday's assault on the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the resort town of Sousse, which killed mostly British tourists. The gunman, identified as Saif Rezgui, was shot dead by police.

Gharsalli said officials were still verifying whether the attacker had been trained in camps in neighboring Libya.

"We will find all those involved, whether it was just logistical support or not," Gharsalli said, flanked by ministers from Britain, France and Germany.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced a national moment of silence to be held in honor of the British tourists slain.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Cameron announced that the commemoration would be held at midday Friday. He also said a memorial is planned for the victims in the future.

Eighteen Britons are confirmed dead, but officials have warned that the U.K. toll could rise as high as 30, making it the worst attack on British citizens since the London transport attacks that killed 52 commuters in July 2005.

Cameron said the government wasn't advising Britons not to travel to Sousse and other Tunisian holiday destinations, though that will be kept under review.

He said the global nature of the struggle against radicalism meant "nowhere is without risk from Islamist extremist terrorists."

Thousands of tourists have left Tunisia since Friday's attack, which has shocked a country that relies heavily on tourism for jobs and foreign currency revenues.

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