Shiite mosque bombed in Kuwait

Al Sadeq Mosque in Sawaber district of Kuwait targeted by bombing during Friday prayer, killing and injuring several Shiite worshipers

Photo by: Social Media
Photo by: Social Media

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Several people have been killed and others injured in the bombing of Al Sadeq Mosque in Kuwait during Friday prayers ceremonies. The mosque is known to be predominantly visited by Shiite worshippers.  

Photos of the deadly attack surfaced on various social media sites showing the inside of the damaged mosque and bloody mosque goers standing in terror.

Al Jazeera's correspondant in Kuwait said at least 8 people died and dozens were injured, 5 of the injured men are in critical condition.

The mosque contained around 2,000 worshippers, who were kneeling in prayer when a loud explosion occured, damaging the walls and ceiling.

Kuwaiti parliamentarian Khalil al Salih said "a suicide bomber who looked to be under 30 years of age caused the explosion," Salih said he saw several bodies covered in blood on the floor.

Various twitter accounts claim Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al Ahmad had visited the mosque, with photos depicting him entering a black vehicle.

This is not the first time a Shiite mosque has recently been targeted in the Gulf region, two mosques were bombed in Saudi Arabia in May, in attacks which killed and injured dozens.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack via social media. The statement identified the bomber as Abu Suleiman al-Muwahed and said the target was a "temple of the rejectionists" - a term used by ISIS to refer to Shiite Muslims - and said dozens were killed or wounded.

According to Al Jazeera, at least 8 worshippers died as a result of the bombing, meanwhile Sky News Arabia's correspondent claimed the number is as high as 15 and could increase due to the critically wounded.

TRTWorld and agencies