Series of terror attacks in Europe, West Asia and Africa shook the world on Friday. As per the latest reports at least 66 people were killed and over 200 were left wounded. The attacks ranging from explosion to shootout took place in France, Kuwait and Tunisia.
In France, one person was killed after an explosion was carried out by an assailant in a gas factory in the eastern city of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier. The attacker, identified as 35-year old Yassin Sali, was arrested after he was apprehended by the team of police from the spot. According to the authorities, the attacker was carrying a flag scribbled with Arabic writing.
French President Francois Hollande has described the assault as a “terrorist attack”.
“The intent was without doubt to cause an explosion. It was a terrorist attack,” Hollande told the press reporters in Brussels.
As the news was developing in French incident, a deadly blast in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait killed 27 people. Shockingly, the blast took place in the Kuwaiti capital at the time when the innocent victims were about to go for the Friday prayers. According to Kuwaiti investigating authorities, the blast was triggered by a suicide bomber.
“It is a suicide bombing”, said a police officer.
The Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, immediately visited the site, and told the press that the “criminal attack is a desperate and evil attempt targeting Kuwait’s national unity”.
The mosque’s senior cleric, Abdullah al-Mazeedi, said that the bombing targeted the rear rows of worshippers who numbered around 2,000 altogether.
Confirming the death of 27 people, Kuwait Health Minister Ali al-Obaidi told the press that more than 200 were left wounded in the attack. This is the first ever suicide attack on Shiite mosques in the oil-rich emirate.
In an emergency meeting, the Kuwait’s cabinet announced that all security agencies and police have been placed on alert to confront what it called a “black terror”. The cabinet has also declared Saturday, a day of mourning.
The Islamic State (IS) affiliated group in Saudi Arabia, calling itself Najd Province has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the claims made by the outfit, militant Abu Suleiman al-Muwahhid had bombed the mosque which it claimed was spreading Shiite teachings among Sunni Muslims.
The Najd Province group has claimed similar bombings at Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.
And around the same time, at least 38 people were killed in Tunisia when a gunman went on a shooting spree at a Tunisian resort. According to the authorities two attackers opened fire indiscriminately from a Kalashnikov rifle on the tourists at the beach resort. Apart from 38 deaths, 6 tourists were left wounded.
The attack in Tunisia, the country’s worst ever, has come just three months after March 18 assault on the national museum in capital city of Tunis that killed 22 people, mostly tourists.
International police agency Interpol has also offered investigative help into the Friday’s violence. Interpol Secretary-General Juergen Stock said the attacks “show the truly global dimension to current terrorist threats”.
(With inputs from the PTI)