Wave of IS Terror Across 3 Continents

Wave of IS Terror  Across 3 ContinentsWave of IS Terror  Across 3 Continents

Dozens of people were killed on Friday in a spate of militant attacks targeting a Shia mosque in Kuwait, a beach resort in Tunisia and a US factory in France.

A suicide blast ripped through a Shia mosque in Kuwait City after Friday prayers, killing at least 13 people and wounding several others. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack.

Video footage from the scene showed several bodies on the floor of the Imam Sadiq (PBUH) Mosque amid debris and clouds of heavy smoke.

A Kuwaiti MP, who saw the attack, said the mosque was packed with some 2,000 people when there was a loud explosion, Reuters reported.

Emergency services were attending the scene, which was surrounded by clouds of black smoke and crowds of people milling around.

The blast was the latest in a string of attacks on Shia mosques in Arab countries. Last month, IS militants attacked two Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia, killing dozens after Friday prayers in a space of one week.

Tunisia Bloodbath

At least 27 people, mostly foreigners, were killed in an attack on a beach near two tourist hotels in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, according to the Tunisia's Interior Ministry.

Officials said one gunman was been shot dead and another was being pursued. Six people were reportedly injured in an attack that bore the hallmarks of IS militant group.

Tunisia has been on high alert since March when gunmen attacked the Bardo museum in the capital Tunis, killing a group of foreign tourists in one of the country’s worst attacks in a decade. IS claimed credit for that attack.

Factory Attack in France

A decapitated body covered in Arabic writing was found at a US gas company in southeast France on Friday, police sources and French media said, after an assailant rammed a car into the premises, triggering an explosion.

The attacker survived the blast and was arrested. The identity of the beheaded victim was not clear but French media said it was a manager of a local transport company, on the site for a delivery.

Speaking from a European Union summit in Brussels, French President Francois Hollande described it as a terrorist attack and said all measures would be taken to stop any future strikes on a country still reeling from assaults in January.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said one suspect, named as Yassin Sahli, had been arrested, and police were holding other suspected accomplices.

He said Sahli did not have a criminal record but had been under surveillance from 2006 to 2008 on suspicion of having become radicalized.