Kuwait charges 29 people over mosque bombing

Twenty-nine people to face trial over suicide attack in June in mosque, which known to be predominantly visited by Shiite worshippers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Twenty-nine people will be heard in a trial over charges of being involved in the suicide bomb attack on a Kuwait’s Al Sadiq mosque, which is known to be prominently visited by Shiite worshippers, announced Kuwait on Tuesday.

Those facing trial, who are mostly Kuwaiti residents, will be facing several charges such as incitement to violence, illegal possessing explosives and joining ISIS who claimed the responsibility of the brutal attack.

According to the Kuwait News Agency, among the charged, there are seven Kuwaitis, five Saudis, three Pakistanis and a fugitive, whose nationality not known yet.

Thirteen of them are illegal residents who are from the country’s “bidoon” community that mostly consists of desert nomads and considered as stateless by the government.

The attack was carried out on June 26 in capital’s Al Sadiq mosque contained around 2,000 worshippers, who were kneeling in prayer when a loud explosion occurred that killed 27 worshippers and wounded at least 200 people.

The suicide bomber was previously identified as Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al Gabbaa, a Saudi man in his early 20s, by Kuwaiti officials.

This is not the first time a Shia mosque was targeted in the Gulf region, two mosques were bombed in Saudi Arabia in May, which killed and injured dozens.

TRTWorld and agencies