Kuwait names Saudi as sui­cide bomber in mosque at­tack

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY HUS­SAIN AL-QATARI

Kuwaiti author­i­ties on Sun­day iden­ti­fied the sui­cide bomber be­hind an at­tack on a Shi­ite mosque that killed 27 peo­ple as a Saudi citizen who flew into the Gulf na­tion just hours be­fore blow­ing him­self up.

Po­lice have be­gun mak­ing ar­rests in con­nec­tion with Fri­day’s bomb­ing, which took place at one of Kuwait’s old­est Shi­ite mosques dur­ing mid­day prayers. An af­fil­i­ate of the Is­lamic State group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast in the nor­mally peace­ful oil­rich na­tion.

The In­te­rior Min­istry named the bomber as Fa­had Suleiman Ab­dul­mohsen al- Gab­baa and said he was born in 1992, mak­ing him 22 or 23 years old. It said in a state­ment car­ried by the of­fi­cial Kuwait News Agency that he ar­rived on a flight to Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port at dawn Fri­day.

Author­i­ties also said they ar­rested a 25- year- old from Kuwait’s “bi­doon” com­mu­nity, iden­ti­fied as Ab­dul­rah­man Sabah Ei­dan Saud, who they say drove the car that brought the bomber to the mosque.

The bi­doon com­mu­nity is made up of de­scen­dants of desert no­mads and oth­ers con­sid­ered state­less by the gov­ern­ment. They have long claimed the gov­ern­ment de­prives them of cit­i­zen­ship and rights.

A Kuwaiti man who housed the driver was also taken into cus­tody. The In­te­rior Min­istry de­scribed him as a fol­lower of a “fun­da­men­tal­ist and de­viant ide­ol­ogy.”

The gov­ern­ment- linked Al­Jarida news­pa­per re­ported that at least seven sus­pects had been de­tained in con­nec­tion with the at­tack, which has drawn con­dem­na­tion from Sunni groups in Kuwait and lead­ers from across the Mid­dle East.

Of­fi­cials say 227 peo­ple were wounded in the at­tack.

A lo­cal af­fil­i­ate of the Is­lamic State group call­ing it­self the Najd Province has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ing. The IS group con­sid­ers Shi­ites to be heretics and is fight­ing Ira­nian- backed Shi­ite mili­tias in Iraq and Syria.

More than a third of Kuwait’s 1.2 mil­lion cit­i­zens are be­lieved to be Shi­ite.

AP

This un­dated photo re­leased by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, Sun­day, June 28, shows Fa­had Suleiman Ab­dul­mohsen al-Gab­baa.

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