At least 27 people have been killed in an attack on a hotel in the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse, according to an interior ministry official.
The attack was on the Imperial Marhaba hotel, a source and local radio said.
A security source at the scene said the body of one gunman armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle lay where police had shot him dead. It was unclear whether there were other assailants.
Sousse, some 150 kilometres from Tunis, is a popular resort for both Tunisians and Europeans.
Al Qaeda remains degraded and on the run, comrades.
The link goes to a constantly-updated blog-style report from The Guardian, and here’s what the most current update says:
The attackers behind March’s attack on the National Bardo Museum were believed to have returned from fighting in neighbouring Libya.
According to some estimates there are more Tunisians fighting for Islamic State (Isis) than combatants from any other single country. In February, Tunisia arrested 32 would-be attackers, some of whom were returning from fighting in Syria, who planned “spectacular” attacks, officials said.
I’d add that Libya is Hillary Clinton’s baby, and ISIL’s continued success is due largely to Barack Obama’s passivity and his abandonment of Iraq in 2011. We’re “lucky” in that these Tunisian fighters chose to take home what they learned in Syria, rather than to take it to our shores.
Our luck will eventually run out.
UPDATE: France got “lucky” today, too.
One person was decapitated and two others wounded in an apparent terror attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France, President Francois Hollande said Friday.
A car crashed through the gates of the Air Products plant in Saint-Quentin Fallavier, southeastern France, shortly after 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET). It was followed by an explosion.
Hollande said a suspect had been arrested and there was “no doubt” that the attacker — possibly acting with an accomplice — intended to blow up the entire plant.
And they’re oh-so-lucky in Kuwait as well:
At least four people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in the Kuwaiti capital.
Many people were injured, and unconfirmed reports put the death toll much higher.
The blast hit during Friday prayers at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in al-Sawaber, a busy area to the east of Kuwait City.
An Islamic State- (IS) affiliated group said it was behind the attack.
And they’re also feeling the luck in Somalia today:
Al Shabaab militants battled with African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Friday after exploding a car bomb at a peacekeepers’ base south of Mogadishu at dawn, military officials and a rebel spokesman said.
The attack in Leego, some 130 km (80 miles) south of the Somali capital, came as residents gathered for morning prayers. It was the latest of several assaults since the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began a week ago.
We have legalized chaos here at home, and violent Islamic chaos abroad.
You get the feeling this is how the world ends?