as new pictures emerge of unexploded bomb found next to his dead body
- Seifeddine Rezgui was high on drugs as he murdered tourists in Tunisia
- A stimulant was detected by doctors during a post-mortem examination
- Police confirmed that an unexploded bomb was found on Rezgui’s body
- Witness says he took photos of victims during the attack while laughing
Seifeddine Rezgui was high on cocaine as he murdered British tourists on the beach, it emerged today.
A stimulant, believed to the class A drug or one similar to it, was detected by doctors during a post-mortem examination, the Daily Mail has been told.
Tunisian police separately confirmed that an unexploded bomb was found on Rezgui’s body, meaning he could have murdered scores more. The detonator was just inches away.
Gunman: Police said a bomb was found on Seifeddine Rezgui's body moments after he was killed, although this photo appears to show a bomb and a detonator next to him
Pictures taken moments after Seifeddine Rezgui was gunned down by police show two gaping bulletholes near his heart and one above his belly button
Drugs: A stimulant, believed to the class A drug or one similar to it, was detected by doctors during a
assault rifle in Sousse last Friday.
‘At one point, the gunman was busy – with his gun on his back – with a phone out, taking photos of the bodies and laughing,’ said Paul Short.
IS fighters are known to take doses of cocaine to make them feel invincible on the battlefield.
An informed source said: ‘The autopsy proves that the terrorist used some drugs before he did the attack – the same drug that IS gives to people who do terrorist attacks – so that he will not understand what he is doing.’
A hotel worker named Houssem told the Mail: ‘He was laughing as he was shooting. When he had finished and he had killed everyone, he did not care, he did not try to run. He was smiling, he was happy.’
Killer: Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui killed 38, including as many as 30 Britons, and injured dozens of on his 25-minute rampage of terror in Tunisia last week
Fellow students claimed Rezgui disguised his fanaticism by indulging in drinking and sex with girls at university
A beach worker claimed Rezgui, a breakdancer, had been an entertainer at the hotel he attacked.
The local – who refused to be named – said the killer worked at the Imperial for around four months four years ago.
Fellow students claimed Rezgui disguised his fanaticism by indulging in drinking and sex with girls at university. And his most recent exam results, from May this year, also reveal he was one of the top performing students with a ‘very good’ attendance record.
But he was also plotting mass murder, apparently as part of a five-man sleeper cell completely unknown to police. Other members of the group allegedly went to wage holy war in Syria.
Detectives admitted they had no idea that ‘well-mannered’ Rezgui had been a jihadist for at least four years awaiting the call to arms.
The engineering student bided his time, continuing his studies in the university town of Kairouan, where he shared a two-bedroom apartment with four flatmates.
All five men vanished a month ago, say neighbours, and three of the flatmates have been arrested.
Yesterday, a university friend, Wassim Bel-a-Del, said: ‘I know the group he is working with; it is a group of terrorists. There are some guys who go to Syria and come back and go on to study in the same university and there are others who go and die in Syria.’
Memorial: Holidaymakers who defiantly remained in Sousse after the murders were today laying flowers
Tribute: Friday's attack on innocent tourists - many of them grandparents - has left the town shell-shocked
Armed police continue to patrol Marhaba beach in Sousse. British police have been deployed to the area in one of the biggest counter terror operations since the 7/7 bombings in 2005
Mr Bel-a-Del said Rezgui had been part of Jahbat al-Nusra, Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, but switched allegiance to IS because he ‘loved everything they stood for’. He said Rezgui trained in Libya with a terrorist group called Ansar al-Sharia, which has links to Britain and the deported hate cleric Abu Qatada.
At his £100-a-month student flat in Kairouan – an ancient city with 370 mosques – Rezgui kept a low profile. Neighbour Karuther Gemgemi, 40, a mother of three, said yesterday: ‘None of us could ever had dreamed of what they were planning. It had nothing to do with Islam or religion – just pure evil.
‘We often saw him sitting outside his house with his friends. They were well-mannered.’
Ahmed Kodia, 66, who runs a shop opposite, said: ‘They were going in and out all the time but didn’t want to be observed. They used to use the internet wifi at the Café de la République round the corner, often late at night. That’s how he was in touch with the terrorists.’
At the tiny Mosque of the Seven Virgins, just 20 yards from Rezgui’s front door, deputy imam Mohammed Said said: ‘There were four or five living in the flat. All students. I would say hello and shake hands now and again. There were one or two that came to pray here at this mosque. Some of the others went to drink wine and beers instead.’
Police in Tunisia are questioning seven suspected accomplices who were arrested in three different cities. They have issued mugshots of two other suspects – Mohamed bin Abdallah and Rafikhe Tayari – who they described as ‘dangerous’. The neighbours did not recognise the pair from photographs.
Shot: Emergency workers tend to one of the people injured when a gunman Seifeddine Rezgui attacked
Slaughtered: The body of one of the 38 people killed in the attack on the Tunisian beach lies under a towel