June 26 is a day that will be remembered for many reasons. Over seven decades ago, the foundation of the United Nations was laid with its commitment to fostering peace in the world.
The LGBT community in the US rejoiced as they were finally granted the constitutional right to marry in 2015. But among these celebrations of humanity, also lies bloodshed across continents.
On June 26, 2015, terror attacks shook four countries across three continents, claiming more than 150 lives. The attacks came following the call by an Islamic State (IS) leader to make the month of Ramzan a time of “calamity for infidels”
What was meant to be a vacation for many turned into a nightmare when a lone gunman with an AK-47 rifle opened fire at a seaside resort in Sousse, Tunisia. Among the 38 people killed, 30 were British tourists. It was the deadliest non-state attack in the history of modern Tunisia. The attacker, Seifiddine Rezgui Yacoubi, is believed to have been radicalised over such issues as the Libyan civil war and Western inaction against the savagery of the Assad government in Syria.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque in Kuwait, claiming 27 lives and injuring 227. Two Indians also lost their lives. The bomber attacked during the Friday prayers. IS once again claimed responsibility, saying the mosque had been targeted because it was “a temple of the rejectionists”. The attack was seen as an attempt at sowing sectarian discord in the country.
Leego district, Somalia
A fundamentalist group by the name of Al-Shabaab attacked an African Union mission base in the Leego district of Somalia. The militants killed 70 Burundian soldiers and seized their base. They beheaded survivors of the attack at the base. Al-Shabaab went on to pledge its allegiance to IS later in the year.
Yassin Salhi drove his truck into an American chemical plant near Lyon, France. He had killed and decapitated his employer Herve Cornara earlier in the day and mounted his head along with Islamist flags on a fence outside the factory.
Salhi drove his vehicle into gas cylinders at the factory, which caused an explosion, claiming two other lives. Salhi was believed to be associated with Salafist terror groups. However, he claimed his motivation was purely personal — he had committed the act because Cornara had fired him.
News credit : Indiatoday