Islamic State claim Shiite mosque bombing in Kuwait
The Islamic State group claimed a suicide bombing that ripped through a Shiite mosque in Kuwait on Friday that medics say killed at least 25 people.
The IS-affiliated group in Saudi Arabia, calling itself Najd Province, said militant Abu Suleiman al-Muwahhid carried out the attack, which it claimed was spreading Shiite teachings among Sunni Muslims.
The blast hit Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City. A witness told journalists "dozens were killed and wounded," and pictures circulating on social media showed several bloodied bodies in the mosque amid debris. The official KUNA news agency confirmed that there were "dead and wounded," but did not provide details.
A security official said "it is a suicide bombing." Witnesses gave a similar account, saying the bombing happened when the mosque was packed with some 2,000 worshippers during Friday prayers.
Initially medics said the suicide bombing killed "at least 13 people, while 25 others were hospitalised." That number has since risen to at least 25 dead and 202 injured. IS, a radical Sunni Muslim group, considers Shiites to be heretics. It claimed responsibility for the bombings in recent weeks of Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Friday's attack is the first such bombing targeting Kuwaiti Shiites, who make up around one-third of the country's native population of 1.3 million people.