Gunmen kill at least 27 in attack on Tunisian coastal resort hotels [VIDEO]

Gunmen killed at least 27 people Friday armed with Kalashnikovs in an attack on two coastal resort hotels in Tunisia, Tunisian State TV reported.

At least one gunman was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police at the ImpΓ©rial Marhaba hotel, the state-run TAP news agency reports.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui said one gunmen had been killed and another was being pursued. He also warned that the death toll could rise, according to Reuters.

Sousse is located about 90 miles southeast of Tunis.

A British tourist said that he was by the swimming pool when he heard “quite a large explosion” and guests began running back toward the hotel from the beach.

It was not immediately clear which hotels in the resort were hit.

Tunisian security forces have been on alert since March when two Tunisian gunmen opened fire on the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing 21 tourists and a policeman. The two gunmen were killed in the attack.