Kuwait sentences seven to death for Shiite mosque bombing

Kuwait sentences seven people to death, after they were found guilty of plotting and assisting Shiite mosque bombing in June

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Sunni and Shia worshippers, together with Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmed al Sabah, pray at the Grand Mosque of Kuwait - Archive

Kuwaiti court sentenced seven people to death finding them guilty of being involved in a deadly suicide bombing by ISIS at a Shiite majority mosque in June that killed 27 people.

Eight other suspects were given prison sentences by the Kuwaiti criminal court. The sentences range from two to fifteen years, state news agency KUNA reported.

14 other defendants have been acquitted by court.

The Kuwaiti government declared itself “at war with terrorism” following the June 26 bomb attack - the worst in Kuwaiti history.

Kuwaiti media say the attack was aimed at stoking sectarian strife in the majority Sunni state, where the two religious sects have traditionally co-existed in peace.

The Gulf state has implemented maximum security measures since the June 26 attack. Kuwait increased a wide array of security measures and arrested dozens of suspects that security forces began investigating for their ties with ISIS.

ISIS currently controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria, taking advantage of the security vacuum there, with notable militant presence across the Middle East as well, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

TRTWorld and agencies