Three separate attacks on three separate continents have left at least 65 dead.
In Kuwait City, Kuwait, a suicide bomber attacked a Shi'ite mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 27 and injuring 227. At least 2,000 worshipers were inside the mosque at the time of the attack.
In the Tunisian resort city of Sousse, at least 37 people are confirmed dead after a gunmen opened fire on sunbathing tourists. One of the attackers was killed by local authorities, while another was captured. A high percentage of those killed in the attack are believed to be British.
In Lyon, France, an employee at a U.S.-owned gas factory decapitated his boss, hung the severed head on a fence along with Islamic flags, and then drove a truck into the plant, causing an explosion. Four people are now in custody, including the attacker’s wife.
The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack in Kuwait. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attacks in France and Tunisia, but their timing certainly indicates a coordinated effort.
A recent audio message from the Islamic State urged supporters to carry out attacks during Ramadan. Monday also marks the first anniversary of the group’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
(Source: The New York Times)