At least 37 people – including British and German tourists – were killed in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse when gunmen opened fire on the beach adjoining a luxury hotel, the Tunisian interior ministry said. A further 36 people were wounded.
Al Jazeera reports on how the Tunisian town of Sousse, where todays attacks happened, is the “seaside home of ‘jihadist’ volunteers.’
The Sousse volunteers, a majority of whom are between 20 and 30 years of age, tend to come from the city’s working class districts, areas known not only for their poverty, but for their educational deprivation, social marginalisation but most importantly, lack of any religious education institutions.
In Kuwait, ISIS claimed responsibility for what is thought to be a suicide bombing at a Shiite muslim mosque in Kuwait City which killed 25 people. The BBC reports that a further 200 people were wounded.
In south-eastern France, one man was decapitated in an attack at an American-owned factory near Grenoble. A suspect is in custody and other arrests have been made, as the country’s security apparatus was put on high alert.
The New York Times writes:
There was no immediate indication that the attacks were coordinated. But the three strikes came at roughly the same time, and just days after the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL, called for such operations during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“It appears to be an effort to launch and inspire a wave of attacks across three continents, reminiscent of Al Qaeda’s simultaneous multiple attacks of the past,” said Bruce O Riedel, a former C.I.A. officer who is a counterterrorism expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
Friday’s attacks follow an upsurge of violence in the Middle East on Thursday, including a string of attacks in Iraq attributed to ISIS.
And in Syria, Reuters reports that
Islamic State fighters killed at least 145 civilians in an attack on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village, in what a monitoring group described on Friday as one of the worst massacres carried out by the hardline group in Syria.