Thou­sands at fu­neral for 27 killed in Kuwait

Ter­ror­ist at­tack at mosque is con­demned through­out Arab world

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - BY HUS­SAIN AL- QATARI — As­so­ci­ated Press

kuwait city — Thou­sands of peo­ple in Kuwait took part in a fu­neral pro­ces­sion Satur­day for 27 peo­ple killed in an at­tack on a Shi­ite mosque in the cap­i­tal a day ear­lier.

An up­start lo­cal af­fil­i­ate of the Is­lamic State, call­ing it­self the Najd Province, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack that was car­ried out by a sui­cide bomber dur­ing mid­day Fri­day prayers in­side one of Kuwait’s old­est Shi­ite mosques, which was packed for Ramadan holy month ser­vices. The Is­lamic State views Shi­ites as heretics and refers to them as “re­jec­tion­ists,” among other slurs.

The at­tack, though, has been con­demned across the Arab world.

Brav­ing 107-de­gree heat, mourn­ers from as far as Saudi Ara­bia and Bahrain at­tended the fu­neral. Some in the crowd chanted, “Sun­nis and Shi­ites are broth­ers!” Oth­ers pro­claimed those killed as mar­tyrs.

Not all of those who died in the bomb­ing were to be buried in Kuwait. Iran’s For­eign Min­istry said that three Ira­ni­ans were among the 27 peo­ple killed in the at­tack.

The Kuwaiti Health Min­istry said Satur­day that out of more than 200 peo­ple wounded in the at­tack, about 40 re­main hos­pi­tal­ized.

Po­lice in Kuwait said they are in­ter­ro­gat­ing a num­ber of sus­pects with pos­si­ble links to the sui­cide bomb­ing. The In­te­rior Min­istry said that po­lice ar­rested the owner of the car that was used by the bomber.

The bomb­ing has rat­tled Kuwait, known for its rel­a­tive wealth and sta­bil­ity. The last ter­ror­ist at­tack in Kuwait was more than two decades ago. On Fri­day, Kuwait’s ruler, Emir Sabah Ahmed al-Sabah, who is in his mid-80s, vis­ited the Shi­ite mosque. The Sunni Grand Mosque also will be open to mourn­ers to pay their re­spects for the next three days.

The fu­neral Satur­day was at­tended by sev­eral politi­cians, in­clud­ing the coun­try’s par­lia­ment speaker Mar­zouq al-Ghanim. “The unity of the peo­ple of our coun­try is in­cred­i­ble,” he said at the fu­neral. “If you look around, you will see Sun­nis and Shi­ites, Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis, all present to give their con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.”

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