Death toll rises, arrest made in terror attacks that rattled three countries

An arrest was made Saturday in connection with two of the three terror attacks carried out on Friday in Kuwait, Tunisia and France, Reuters reported.

Officials in Kuwait arrested the owner of a car that was used to take a suicide bomber to a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, where at least 27 worshippers were killed. Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Friday, a gunman disguised as a tourist also killed at least 39 people in a popular beach town in Tunisia, and a man drove a vehicle into canisters of gas at a U.S.-owned factory in southern France. When police arrived, they found a decapitated body and a flag with Arabic wording.

The three incidents have raised concerns that militants were heeding the call to step up global attacks.

The Tunisia attack occurred in the resort town of Sousse, where 39 Tunisians, Britons, Germans, Belgians and Irish were killed and 36 others were injured.

As the number of Britons killed in the incident rose to 15 on Saturday, the United Kingdom’s Junior Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood told Reuters it was the “most significant” attack on British people since the 2005 London transport system bombings.

European tour operators began evacuating thousands of vacationers from the beach town on Saturday.

There was no immediate indication that the three incidents were coordinated, but the attacks came days after Islamic State militants urged sympathizers to launch attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.