London expects 'around 30' Britons killed in Tunisia

LONDON, United Kingdom – Eighteen British nationals have been confirmed killed in a gun massacre in Tunisia and that number is expected to rise to "around 30," Prime Minister David Cameron's spokeswoman said on Monday, June 29.

"Eighteen British nationals were killed but we are expecting this number to rise further and that will be around 30," she said.

The evacuation of all 25 injured Britons would be completed "within 24 hours," she added. (READ: Britain in shock over Tunisia attack)

Four of the injured Britons will be flown back in a C17 military transport plane on Monday by medical evacuation teams with experience of working with injured British army personnel, the spokeswoman said. (READ: Thousands of Britons to be flown home after Tunisia massacre)

Britain is also pressing Tunisian authorities to allow rapid access for its experts dispatched to help identify the remaining bodies.

A jihadist gunman killed 38 people in Friday's attack in a beach resort near the city of Sousse.

Asked about the repatriation of victims' bodies, British Home Secretary Theresa May said at a press conference in Tunisia: "We very much want to work with the wishes of the families." – Rappler.com