TUNIS, Tunisia (AP/WPRI) — A pair of gunmen killed at least 27 people on a Tunisian beach Friday in the latest attack on the north African country’s key tourism industry, the Interior Ministry said.
The attack comes following three other terror-related killings by ISIS in less than 24 hours.
Kuwait was attacked by a suicide bomber, injuring dozens and killing at least 16 worshipers at a Shiite mosque, according to Kuwaiti paramedics.
In France, two men caused an explosion by ramming into a gas factory and beheaded a man.
The ISIS controlled city of Kobane also endured more turmoil as at least 152 civilians have been slain by the hands of the terrorist group.
The gunmen in Tunisia opened fire on the beach in the resort town of Sousse between the Soviva and Imperial Marhaba hotels before security forces responded, killing one of the attackers, Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui said. The other attacker fled the scene, he said.
There were no details about the nationalities of the victims, but during the holy month of Ramadan Tunisia’s Muslim population is less likely to go the beach, so those there would have been predominantly foreign tourists.
“There was a mass exodus off the beach,” British tourist Gary Pine told Sky News, adding that his son saw someone who got shot.
He said guests at his hotel were first told to lock themselves in their rooms, and later to gather in the lobby.
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