ISIS: “More Bad News” Is Imminent
In a statement claiming responsibility for the Friday attack at a Tunisian beach resort that killed at least 39 people, the Islamic State group said “more bad news” is imminent. “The infidels will get more bad news in the coming days, God willing,” ISIS declared in a statement that was published on its password-protected forums overnight before appearing on the group’s social media accounts.
ISIS identified the man who carried out the attack as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani and praised him for executing the assault despite security at the hotel, which the group described as “a den of prostitution and infidelity.”
The claim was the second the Islamic State made following three deadly attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France on a single day that ISIS celebrated as “Bloody Friday.” On Friday the group claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Kuwait that killed at least 27 people.
It remains unclear if ISIS was responsible for the assault Friday near Lyon, France, where a beheading and explosion took place at a gas factory. In ISIS’ daily news bulletin on its radio network, al-Bayan, the group didn’t mention the attack, focusing on events in Tunisia and Kuwait and its activities in Iraq and Syria.
Early Saturday, a video that appeared to show scenes filmed during the deadly violence in Tunisia emerged, showing people running amid sounds of gunfire at the resort.
In a swell of discussion on ISIS forums following the assault, an ISIS forum user directed militants to remain discreet about the information they share online, cautioning other forum members not to disclose jihadis’ strategic goals or their movements.