Amir offers condolences to Iraq
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable on Thursday to Iraqi President Fuad Al-Masum, expressing his sincere condolences over the Nasiriyah deadly terrorist attack, which left scores of people dead or injured.
In his cable, His Highness the Amir also emphasized Kuwait’s strong condemnation of the terrorist attack which targeted a restaurant and police checkpoint in southern Iraq.
His Highness the Amir reiterated Kuwait’s rejection of such heinous terrorist acts which target innocent people and aim to destabilize a sisterly country.
He added that these acts contradict all religious and human values and norms.
Kuwait supports the international efforts to rid the world from all forms of terrorism, His Highness said.
He also expressed deep sympathy with families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for the wounded people.
His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf AlAhmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber AlMubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables to the Iraqi president.
Gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least 84 people in southern Iraq in the deadliest attack by the Islamic State group since it lost second city Mosul, according to a new toll released on Friday.
Many of the dead in Thursday’s attack near the city of Nasiriyah were Shiite Muslim pilgrims, some of them Iranian, officials said.
“The death toll has risen to 84 after the discovery of 10 more bodies at the scene of the attack,” said Jassem al-Khalidi,
director for Dhiqar province, which has largely been spared the violence that has plagued northern and central Iraq.
“Another 93 people were wounded, many of them seriously,” Khalidi told AFP.
The assailants struck at midday, opening fire on a restaurant before getting into a car and blowing themselves up at a nearby security checkpoint, officials said.
They left a trail of destruction, with charred bodies scattered on the ground near the burnt-out wrecks of cars, buses and trucks, an AFP correspondent reported.
The attack was quickly claimed by IS, which appears to be switching to insurgent attacks after suffering a string of setbacks on the battlefield.
UN envoy Jan Kubis condemned the “cowardly twin attacks ... which resulted in numerous civilian casualties, including many pilgrims.”
Above: The Kuwaiti academics pose with a monk in one of the monastries they visited. Below: One of the rare Arabic manuscripts discovered by the team of Kuwaiti academics.