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ISIS Launches Attacks On Three Different Continents On Single Day

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Erica Wenig Contributor

Three suspected Islamic State attacks occurred Friday across three continents– on a Tunisian beach, at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait, and outside a U.S. factory in France.

An attack by two gunman on a beach in Sousse, Tunisia killed at least 27, mostly foreign tourists, the Associated Press reports. Some fled to nearby hotels to escape the assault. Sousse is one of Tunisia’s most popular resorts.

One assailant has been shot and the other is still being pursued, the BBC reported.

Three months ago, armed gunmen attacked a museum in the capital city of Tunis, Tunisia. Most of the 22 victims were foreign tourists.

A bomb also exploded in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City during Friday prayers, killing at least 16 and wounding dozens. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it a suicide bombing, CNN reports. It occurred at the Imam Sadiq Mosque.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shiite mosque in Kuwait.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shiite mosque in Kuwait. Credit: Twitter

Muslims are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan, and Friday prayers would have been the mosque’s busiest period. About one-third of Kuwaitis are Shiite Muslim, according to al-Arabiya. An estimated 2,000 people were inside the mosque during the attack.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shiite mosque in Kuwait.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shiite mosque in Kuwait. Credit: Twitter

Islamic State, an extremist Sunni organization, considers Shiites to be heretics. It claimed responsibility for bombings at Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia and Yemen in May. (RELATED: US College Student Dies Preventing ISIS Attack)

Just hours before Islamic State claimed the Kuwait attack, assailants stormed a factory near Lyon, France, beheaded a man and drove at a high speed into gas cylinders. One assailant reportedly waved an Islamic State flag during the attack.

French authorities identified one suspect as Yassin Salhi, a man in his 30s who had been known to authorities since 2006. Salhi was reportedly from the Lyon area and didn’t have a criminal record, Bloomberg reported.

The attack occurred at Air Products & Chemicals Inc., an American company that was started in 1940 in Detroit, Michigan.

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