Islamic State claims jihad knife attack in tourist town

Islamic jihadis hate tourism. Tourism is Western, un-Islamic, and often involves drinking. That could be behind the choice of venue here. Or this may simply be an announcement to the new government that the Islamic State (ISIS) is a force to be reckoned with in Tunisia.

“Tunisia: Islamic State group claims Sousse knife attack,” BBC, September 7, 2020:

Seven suspects have been detained after the knife attack in Sousse

The Islamic State group (IS) says its fighters carried out Sunday’s attack in Tunisia that saw one security officer killed and another injured.

Three of the attackers were shot dead, authorities say, and were wearing clothes bearing IS slogans.

Seven other suspects were detained.

The militants sent out a written statement by Telegram messenger app but gave no evidence to support their claim they were behind the attack on the coastal tourist town of Sousse.

Some 43 people were questioned, National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli reportedly told private station Radio Shems.

Among them was “the wife of one of the assailants, who described her husband as a ‘martyr’ during the interrogation,” Mr Jebabli is quoted as saying.

n 2015 Sousse was the scene of one of Tunisia’s worst attacks , when 38 people, most of them British tourists, were killed by a gunman.

This latest incident came two days after a new government was sworn in….

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