Pakistani trio among 29 charged for Kuwait mosque attack

Of those charged, 24 are detained in Kuwait and the remaining five will be tried in absentia


Afp July 14, 2015
The attack, carried out by a Saudi, was the worst in Kuwait's history. PHOTO: AFP

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait on Tuesday charged 29 people over the suicide bombing of a Shia mosque last month, claimed by the Islamic State group that killed 26 people and wounded more than 200.

The attack, carried out by a Saudi, was the worst act of terrorism in Kuwait's history.

Those charged include seven Kuwaitis, five Saudis, three Pakistanis, 13 stateless people known as bidoons, and another person at large, the prosecution said, cited by the official KUNA news agency.

Of them, 24 are detained in Kuwait and the remaining five will be tried in absentia. Among the latter are two Saudi brothers who allegedly transported the explosives to Kuwait. They are being held in Saudi Arabia.

Read: IS suicide bomber kills 25 at Kuwait Shia mosque

The prosecution charged two of the suspects with premeditated murder and attempted murder.

Two others were charged with training in the use of explosives, nine with assisting in committing the crime and the rest with knowing of the attack without informing the authorities.

An IS-affiliated group calling itself Najd Province claimed the bombing and also said it carried out suicide attacks at two Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia in May.

IS considers Shias to be heretics and has targeted them across the region.

On Monday, the Kuwaiti cabinet decided to set up a permanent committee to "fight against all forms of terrorism... and extremism," and it will coordinate among various bodies in a bid to ensure security.

COMMENTS (11)

Sandip | 5 years ago | Reply @Salim: Forget it. You wouldn't even believe if you were given proof that's incontrovertible for the rest of the world. You state of denial has reached such proportions that one doubts you would even believe God, were he to himself present you with proof.
Feroz | 5 years ago | Reply @Perez a khan: The uneducated are too engrossed in bread and butter issues to have time for any terror activity. It is the educated who are radicalized and brainwashed, those detained in Kuwait and elsewhere belonging to this category, not the illiterate kind.
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