It was a bloody Friday across three continents as terrorists strike crowded spots in France, Tunisia and Kuwait leaving a trail of death and destruction and giving rise to new fears over the spread of jihadists.
At least 63 people were feared dead in the terror attacks at these places which occurred almost at the same time and the involvement of the Islamic State which occupies a huge terriory in Iraq and Syria is suspected in these coordinated action spread across three continents.
An unidentified gang stormed a US-owned chemical factory near Lyon, decapitated one person and tried to blow up the plant.
While gunmen indulged in a shooting spree at a Tunisian beach resort killing at least 27 people, according to officials who also said one of the attackers were killed by the security forces.
In the third incident, as suicide bomb went off in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait city during Friday prayers and this terror strike was owned by the Islamic State.
The powerful bomb led to a huge ball of smoke and the dead and wounded were all scattered on the mosque hall, according to witnesses and videos posted on the web.
It is confirmed that at least 24 people had been killed and wounded in the assault on Shiite mosque which has given rise to an extraordinary situation in Kuwait as it was seen as a deliberate attempt to incite strife between the Shiites and Sunnis.
While there were no immediate pointers that all the three terror strikes were coordinated, they, however, occurred at almost the same time after the Islamic State called for such daring acts 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.
“The Kuwait operation is especially dangerous, as this is ISIS’ first operation in a gulf state,” Mr. Riedel said in an email. “The others will be deeply alarmed.”
While investigations continued in each of the countries, the quick succession of the attacks raised the possibility that the Islamic State, which has seized control of territory in Iraq and Syria, has successfully inspired sympathisers to plan and carry out attacks in their own countries.