Kuwait says mosque bomber was Saudi, detains driver

Kuwait says mosque bomber was Saudi, detains driver

Militant group Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the mosque, where 2,000 worshippers were praying at the time.



By (Reuters)

Published: Sun 28 Jun 2015, 4:02 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:07 PM

Kuwait - Kuwait on Sunday identified a suicide bomber who carried out the country’s worst militant attack as a Saudi citizen and said it had detained the driver of the vehicle that took him to a mosque where he killed 27 people.

The interior ministry named the bomber as Fahd Suliman Abdul Muhsen Al Qabaa and said he flew into Kuwait’s airport at dawn on Friday, only hours before he detonated explosives at Kuwait City’s Imam Al Sadeq mosque.

Militant group Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the mosque, where 2,000 worshippers were praying at the time. It was one of three attacks on three continents that day apparently linked to hardline militants.

“The interior ministry will continue its efforts to uncover the circumstances of this explosion,” interior ministry spokesman Adel Hashash told Kuwait state television.

The bombing has sharply heightened regional security concerns because Daesh  appears to be making good on its threat to step up attacks in the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The group, seeking to expand from strongholds in Iraq and Syria, says its priority target is the Arabian peninsula and in particular Saudi Arabia.

The ministry said the driver of the Japanese-made car, who left the mosque immediately after Friday’s bombing, was an illegal resident named Abdul Rahman Sabah Aidan.

“Deviant” ideas

The interior ministry, which had earlier reported the vehicle owner’s arrest, said Aidan, 26, was found hiding in one of the houses in Al Riqqa residential area.

“Initial investigations showed that the owner of the house is a supporter of the deviant ideology,” the ministry said, employing a term often used by authorities in the region to refer to hardline militants.

The owner of the house, a Kuwaiti citizen, was also detained, the ministry said.

Kuwaitis reacted with outrage to the bombing. Some said citizens who fund armed groups fighting in Syria and Iraq were to blame for any militancy in Kuwait.

“The wrath of God will come upon Daesh and everyone who is supporting them and collecting funds for them under the cover of helping refugees and orphans,” wrote Hamad Al Baghli, a Kuwaiti, on Twitter.

“Everyone who is funding and donating to Daesh should be charged with treason because they want to burn Kuwait,” tweeted Asmaa Asiri.

In other attacks on Friday, a gunman in Tunisia killed 37 people including Western tourists on a beach, and in France a decapitated body was found after an attacker rammed his car into a gas container, triggering an explosion.

There was no evidence Friday’s three attacks were coordinated. But coming so close together, they appeared to underscore the far-reaching, fast-growing influence of Daesh

 

 


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