Turkey condemns deadly attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, France
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
Three deadly attacks have been carried out within the space of three hours in France, Kuwait and Tunisia.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Foreign Ministry have condemned Friday's attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France.
The attack on a tourist hotel in Sousse, east Tunisia left at least 37 people dead, including foreigners, and injured 36 others on June 26, the Tunisian Health Ministry said.
In another attack in Kuwait, twenty-five people were killed and 202 were injured in a suicide bombing targeting a Shia mosque in capital Kuwait City during Friday prayers.
Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The suspected attacker who killed one at a U.S.-owned industrial gas factory in southern France was identified as Yassin Salhi, who was known to the French intelligence services for his alleged links with Salafist movements, according to the country's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
"These bloody assaults, which target Kuwait and Tunisia's peace and stability and aim to trigger sectarian clashes in Kuwait, reveal the importance of regional and international cooperation in fighting against terrorism," Erdoğan said in a written statement published on the Presidency's official website on June 26.
He said Turkey shared Tunisian and Kuwaiti brothers' sorrow and was in complete solidarity with them against terrorism.
Erdoğan also expressed his condolences to the victims of the attacks and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
On June 26, the Turkish Foreign Ministry also issued statements condemning both attacks.
"We condemn the attack that left one dead and wounded two others in France," the ministry said in its latest statement on June 27.
"We wish God's mercy on those who lost their lives, convey our sympathies to their families and wish for a speedy recovery to the wounded," it added.
The ministry also said that it would reiterate its solidarity with its friend and ally France in the fight against terrorism.
Salhi, a 35-year-old man from Saint-Priest, the fourth biggest suburb of Lyon, was a father of three and had worked as a delivery man.
French President François Hollande said the attack was "of a terrorist nature."