Kuwait attack suspect admits being part of Daesh group

Kuwait City - Abdulrahman Sabah Saud told the first hearing of the trial of 22 men and seven women that he joined Daesh just a day before the suicide bombing.



By AFP

Published: Wed 5 Aug 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 6 Aug 2015, 12:22 PM

The main suspect in a deadly attack on a Kuwaiti mosque in June confessed in court on Tuesday to being in the militant Daesh group.
Abdulrahman Sabah Saud told the first hearing of the trial of 22 men and seven women that he joined Daesh just a day before the June 26 suicide bombing that killed 26 people and wounded hundreds.
It was the worst ever attack in the Gulf emirate.
Although the public prosecution has not released the official charge sheets, a number of defendants are charged with being in a proscribed group and taking part in the bombing.
Most are also accused of assisting those behind the attack.
Saud, who drove Saudi bomber Fahad Al Qaba'a to the mosque in Kuwait City, was arrested two days after the blast in a hideout owned by two other suspects.
Saud also confessed to transporting an icebox containing the explosives belt used in the attack from near the border with Saudi Arabia.
The icebox was delivered by two Saudi brothers who are now in custody in Saudi Arabia along with a third brother who was arrested in Kuwait.
Five defendants are still at large and being tried in absentia. The seven women present, wearing black abayas and face covers, were allowed to sit with female police guarding them while the male defendants were placed in a metal cage.


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