Wednesday 7 December 2016

Day of bloodshed leaves more than 60 dead and stokes fears of jihadists

Mary Fitzgerald

Published 27/06/2015 | 02:30

A wounded man is helped moments after a deadly explosion claimed by Isil terrorists
during Friday prayers at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City
A wounded man is helped moments after a deadly explosion claimed by Isil terrorists during Friday prayers at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City
A member of the Tunisian security forces in Sousse after the gun attack on holidaymakers
Tower in Paris as part of a national security alert system after the terrorist attack near Grenoble. Photo: AFP
In this screen grab taken from video provided by Tunisia TV1, injured people are treated on a Tunisian beach.

It was a bloody day: a wave of attacks across three continents within a matter of hours, leaving more than 60 dead and stoking fresh fears about the threat posed by jihadists claiming affiliation with or inspired by Islamic State, the militant group also known as Isil.

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In France, militants raided an American-owned chemical factory near Grenoble, decapitated one man and attempted to blow up the complex. Soon after, gunmen opened fire on the beach in the popular Tunisian resort of Sousse, killing at least 39 people, including British, German, Tunisian and Belgian nationals, as well as Irish mother-of-two Lorna Carty from Co Meath. As horror unfolded in France and Tunisia, a suicide bomber targeted one of the largest Shia mosques in Kuwait during Friday prayers, killing and injuring dozens of worshippers.

While there was no evidence to suggest the attacks had been co-ordinated, they occurred around the same time, and came just days after Isil urged such strikes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Its spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani had called on supporters to "rush and move to make Ramadan a month of disaster". Isil claimed responsibility for the attack in Kuwait, but there were no immediate claims of responsibility for the other atrocities.

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