A-suicide-bomber-blew-himself-up-at-a-Shi-ite-Muslim-mosque-in-Kuwait-city--Twitter
A-suicide-bomber-blew-himself-up-at-a-Shi-ite-Muslim-mosque-in-Kuwait-city--Twitter

US says Tunisia, France and Kuwait terror attacks not coordinated

Aides said US President Barack Obama was being regularly briefed on the trio of Ramadan-time attacks, which spanned three continents.
By HT Correspondent | AFP, Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2015 04:43 AM IST

The United States condemned the terror attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia on Friday but said it had seen no evidence that they were directly coordinated.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these heinous attacks, their loved ones, and the people of all three countries," the White House said.

"We stand with these nations as they respond to attacks on their soil today and we have been in contact with appropriate counterparts in all three countries to offer any necessary support."

Aides said US President Barack Obama was being regularly briefed on the trio of Ramadan-time attacks, which spanned three continents.

"I want to make clear I think there is a common thread here of extremist activity," State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

"But I don't believe we've seen any evidence of tactical coordination ... between the attacks, or by any one or any number of individual terrorist organizations."

While there were no indications that the attacks were coordinated they came days after the Islamic State (IS) group urged supporters to carry out Ramadan attacks.

In France, a man was beheaded at an American-owned gas factory in the southeast of the country.

A gunman opened fire at tourists visiting a Tunisian beach resort, leaving at least 37 people dead, including foreigners.

In Kuwait City, a suicide bomber blew himself up during prayers at a Shiite mosque killing more than two dozen people, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the "appalling" attacks and said those responsible "must be swiftly brought to justice."

European leaders condemn attack

European leaders also condemned the "heinous" attacks, vowing to maintain a united front against "barbarism".

French President Francois Hollande and his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi expressed their solidarity against the "scourge" of terrorism.

He also announced he was raising the security level to the highest possible in the Lyon region, where the gas factory attack took place.

Among his fellow European Union leaders gathered for a summit in Brussels, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was one of the first to react to news of the attack in France.

"Barbarism will always be confronted by unity among democrats," he wrote in a message on Twitter.

Spain, which shares a border with southwestern France, swiftly raised its terror alert level from medium to high.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the attacks "show the challenges we face when it comes to fighting terrorism and Islamist extremism" while Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron called the attacks the fruit of "perverted ideology".

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after the summit called for the Arab world and Europe to stay united.
"Arabs, Europeans, Muslims, non-Muslims, we are together, in the same boat," she said.

"The response will be more unity and expressing very clearly, as an alliance of civilisations, that there can be no way in which a religion be misused to tear us apart."

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the attack in France "confirms that beyond the known battle fronts there are small, very well organised groups".

Czech President Milos Zeman described Islamic State as "a cancer," calling for its training camps to be destroyed.

Outside of Europe, Israeli immigration minister Zeev Elkin urged French Jews to flee to the Jewish state. "Come home! Anti-Semitism is rising, terror is increasing," he warned.

Muslim clerics condemn attacks

Muslim clerics also condemned that attacks, using some of the strongest language to do so.

A task force against extremism set up by Egypt's mufti, the government's interpreter of Islamic law, said that attacks had done untold damage to the image of Islam "far more than what anyone else has done, whether Muslim or non-Muslim",

Prominent Sunni cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi suggested that the militants were worse than "beasts".

"Beasts don't kill other animals except for what they need to eat, but some people never get their fill from murder and blood," he wrote on Twitter.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was "both saddened and angered today to learn of the heinous terrorist attacks".

The Argentinian, Mexican and Brazilian governments were also among those strongly condemning the attack.

EU head Donald Tusk said that the attack in Tunisia affected foreign tourists but also "the security of the whole region and, in the longer term, the security of Europe."

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
US President Joe Biden called the jailing of Navalny “politically motivated.”(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden called the jailing of Navalny “politically motivated.”(Bloomberg)

Biden forced to pull Tanden nomination for key budget post

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:56 AM IST
  • She will eventually have a role in the Biden administration, but it was not immediately clear how.
Close
The defeat comes as a major setback for PM Khan’s government.(REUTERS)
The defeat comes as a major setback for PM Khan’s government.(REUTERS)

PM Khan to seek vote of confidence in parl, says report

Agencies, Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:54 AM IST
  • Gilani received 169 votes to Sheikh’s 164, election authorities and opposition parties said.
Close
The meeting of senior officials was chaired by Pakistan’s finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to review efforts in the aftermath of the FATF’s plenary meeting last month.(Via social media/ twitter)
The meeting of senior officials was chaired by Pakistan’s finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to review efforts in the aftermath of the FATF’s plenary meeting last month.(Via social media/ twitter)

Pak needs to enact laws to fulfil FATF targets

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:51 AM IST
  • The FATF said Pakistan had “largely addressed” 24 of the 27 items in the action plan.
Close
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US.(REUTERS)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US.(REUTERS)

Scandal-hit Cuomo may see emergency powers taken away

AP, Albany
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:46 AM IST
  • The governor hasn’t taken questions from reporters since a February 19 briefing, an unusually long gap for a Democrat whose daily, televised updates on the coronavirus pandemic were must-see TV last spring.
Close
“An important moment is upon us,” Sunak told the House of Commons.(Yahoo)
“An important moment is upon us,” Sunak told the House of Commons.(Yahoo)

UK extends job support, tax breaks for pandemic-hit economy

AP, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:41 AM IST
  • He also said Britain must be prepared to cut the deficit, announcing plans to increase the tax on corporate profits and boost revenue from personal income taxes in 2023.
Close
The threat appears to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that Donald Trump will rise again to power on March 4, which was the original presidential inauguration day, until 1933, when it was moved to January 20.(AFP)
The threat appears to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that Donald Trump will rise again to power on March 4, which was the original presidential inauguration day, until 1933, when it was moved to January 20.(AFP)

Police warn of militant plot to ‘breach’ US Capitol

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:37 AM IST
  • The Capitol police statement noted that it already has made “significant security upgrades” at the Capitol, home to the US House of Representatives and Senate.
Close
Earlier in the day, a human rights group said security forces opened fire on protests and killed at least 18 people on Wednesday, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis.
Earlier in the day, a human rights group said security forces opened fire on protests and killed at least 18 people on Wednesday, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis.

38 killed on ‘bloodiest day’, says UN envoy

Agencies, Yangon
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:27 AM IST
  • “It’s horrific, it’s a massacre. No words can describe the situation and our feelings,” youth activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi told Reuters via a messaging app.
Close
Police originally treated the incident as "attempted murder" but later changed it, in a statement, to a "suspected terrorist crime".(FILE PHOTO.)
Police originally treated the incident as "attempted murder" but later changed it, in a statement, to a "suspected terrorist crime".(FILE PHOTO.)

8 injured in suspected 'terrorist' attack stabbing in Sweden

AFP
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:19 AM IST
  • The assailant was taken to hospital after being shot in the leg by police when he was taken into custody, following the attack in the southern Swedish city in mid-afternoon.
Close
A man crosses the street in a nearly empty Times Square, which is usually very crowded on a weekday morning in New York, March 23, 2020.(AP File Photo )
A man crosses the street in a nearly empty Times Square, which is usually very crowded on a weekday morning in New York, March 23, 2020.(AP File Photo )

'Now is not the time': Top US health official warns against easing Covid curbs

Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | AFP
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 11:09 PM IST
The United States has recorded over 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus, but has recently made progress with its vaccination plan.
Close
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party candidate Gurdeep Singh elected Senator from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (PTI Photo)
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party candidate Gurdeep Singh elected Senator from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (PTI Photo)

Gurdeep Singh becomes first minority leader to win Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PTI, Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:59 PM IST
The Election Commission authorities informed that five votes of minority candidates were rejected by the Presiding Officer.
Close
Coronavirus mutations -- some more contagious -- had put a damper on global vaccination programmes after existing shots were found to offer less protection. (Pixabay/Representative Image )
Coronavirus mutations -- some more contagious -- had put a damper on global vaccination programmes after existing shots were found to offer less protection. (Pixabay/Representative Image )

South Africa Covid virus strain offers immunity against other variants: Experts

AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:58 PM IST
Identified late last year, the variant became the dominant strain in Africa's worst hit nation by the pandemic, fuelling the second wave of infection.
Close
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, a water bucket is filled as others wait in near freezing temperatures to use a hose from public park spigot in Houston. The snow and ice that crippled some states across the South has melted. But it has exposed the fragility of aging waterworks that experts have been warning about for years. Cities across Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi are still grappling with outages that crippled health care facilities and forced families to wait in line for potable water. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, a water bucket is filled as others wait in near freezing temperatures to use a hose from public park spigot in Houston. The snow and ice that crippled some states across the South has melted. But it has exposed the fragility of aging waterworks that experts have been warning about for years. Cities across Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi are still grappling with outages that crippled health care facilities and forced families to wait in line for potable water. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)(AP)

Water crisis continues in Mississippi after over two weeks since storms

AP
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:50 PM IST
For more than two weeks now, residents in the city of 160,000 have been warned to boil any water that does come out of kitchen taps before using it.
Close
Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington on January 6.(AP / File Photo)
Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington on January 6.(AP / File Photo)

Pentagon hesitated on sending National Guard to Capitol riot: US General

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:45 PM IST
  • Meanwhile, the Capitol Police disclosed the existence of intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the US Capitol on Thursday.
Close
Britain's Prince Philip sits in a carriage in London.(AP file photo)
Britain's Prince Philip sits in a carriage in London.(AP file photo)

Prince Philip 'slightly improving': Duchess Camilla on father-in-law's health

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:43 PM IST
99-year-old Prince Philip has been hospitalized since being admitted Feb. 16 to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, where he was treated for an infection.
Close
Demonstrators take shelter behind a barricade and some vehicles as riot police officers stand in front of them during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 1. (Reuters)
Demonstrators take shelter behind a barricade and some vehicles as riot police officers stand in front of them during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 1. (Reuters)

Myanmar security forces kill at least 33 protestors: Reports

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:33 PM IST
That is highest daily death toll since the February 1 takeover, exceeding the 18 that the UN Human Rights Office said were killed on Sunday, and could galvanize the international community, which has responded fitfully thus far to the violence.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP