Kuwait arrests driver of ISIS mosque attack

Kuwaiti authorities arrest driver in fatal ISIS attack on Shiite mosque

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Kuwaiti police have arrested the driver in Friday’s fatal bombing attack on a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, the state run KUNA news agency reported.

KUNA reported that authorities also detained the owner of the driver’s house under suspicion of their “fundamentalist and deviant ideology.”

Authorities identified the driver as Abdulrahman Sabah Eidan Saud, an illegal resident of the country who was born in 1989.

Saud is believed to have plotted with at least three other individuals, who are also currently in custody, to plan and carry out the fatal attack which killed 27 worshipers and wounded 200 more during congregational Friday prayers at the Al Imam al Sadiq mosque.

The arrest came hours after thousands congregated in the afternoon heat to take part in the funeral ceremony for 18 of the 27 victims.

The attack, the worst in Kuwait’s recent history, was claimed by ISIS.

The bombing was intended to create hostility that could cause potential conflict between Kuwait’s Sunni majority and the Shia minority, leading to division in the country, government officials said.

The Shiite community in Kuwait make up between 15 to 30 percent of the population.

Both the Sunni majority and Shiite minority in Kuwait have lived side by side throughout history and seen very little disharmony.

Parliament member Khalil al-Salih was at the scene in the Sawaber district in the eastern part of the Kuwaiti capital.

Al-Salih reported that about 2,000 worshippers were kneeling in prayer when the bomber walked in and detonated his explosives, destroying the mosque and causing numerous fatalities and serious injuries.

This is not the first time a Shiite mosque has been targeted in the Gulf region in recent months.

Dozens were killed or injured when two mosques were bombed in Saudi Arabia in May, in attacks also claimed by ISIS.

TRTWorld and agencies