A severed head dangling from a fence — a head scrawled with Arabic phrases and hung between two ISIS flags — that’s what authorities in France say they found today outside a U.S.-based chemical company northwest of the city of Grenoble. According to a report on Fox News, the country has been placed on high alert after French President Francois Hollande described the grisly attack on the Air Products plant as a terror assault carried out by two men.
“The attack was of a terrorist nature since a body was discovered, decapitated and with inscriptions,” French President Francois Hollande told a news conference in Brussels.
CNN reports that the victim of the brutal decapitation has not been publicly identified. In fact, the chemical company whose facility was attacked, says the CNN update, claims that all its employees are safe and accounted for. The factory which was targeted for reasons unknown is operated by Air Products & Chemicals, an Allentown, Pa.,-based company that makes industrial gases.
Authorities in France say that, in addition to the man who was decapitated, two people were injured in the terrorist assault. One suspect is said to have been under surveillance by French law enforcement in the past because of possible terror ties.
“The suspect’s contacts with Muslim fundamentalists, and reports that Islamist flags or writings were found at the scene, point to an Islamist extremist motive,” according to the CNN coverage of the beheading.
This shocking attack — with the Charlie Hebdo mass killing by terrorists in Paris still fresh in the minds of the French people — comes on the same day as two other terrorist attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait.
The Daily Mail reports that at least 27 people were mowed down by gunmen who opened fire on tourists staying at two hotels in popular vacation spots.
“Militants, feared to be from ISIS, exchanged gunfire with security services on a beach packed with British holidaymakers,” according to The Daily Mail report. Many of the dead are said to be British tourists slaughtered by automatic weapons fire — some victims reportedly dying on the beach as they sunbathed. Security forces are said to have killed at least one of the attackers.
And in Kuwait, as The New York Times reports, an explosion at a mosque has left at least eight people wounded. The Islamic State is said to have claimed responsibility for the bombing at the holy site.
The Times coverage notes: “There was no immediate indication that the attacks were coordinated. But the three strikes on three continents came at roughly the same time, and just days after the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL, called for such operations during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.”
Fox News observes in a late report on the three terror attacks: “If the attacks were indeed an answer to ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani’s recent call for savagery, it would represent a hideous perversion of Islam’s most holy period, which began June 17 and ends July 17.”
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