Kuwait observing day of mourning after ISIS suicide attack left 27 killed at a shia mosque
By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Sat Jun 27 2015, 10:00 am
Kuwaiti government has announced Saturday as the day of mourning after an ISIS-claimed suicide attack left 27 people killed and over 200 others wounded in a Shia mosque in the eastern part of Kuwaiti capital.
Kuwaiti cabinet said that the country’s security agencies have been placed on high alert against the “Black Terror”.
“The cabinet stresses that it will take whatever measures necessary to root out this scourge, and declares a relentless all-out confrontation with these terrorists,” it said in a statement.
On Friday a suicide bomber blasted his suicide vest among Shia worshipers in Imam Sadiq mosque located in Sawaber District in the eastern part of Kuwaiti capital. It left 27 people killed and 227 others wounded.
ISIS or Islamic State claimed the responsibility of the attack. Post on a twitter account related to the militant group stated that the attack was carried out by a suicide attacker wearing a suicide vest.
Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah said that Islam prevents the bloodshed of the innocent people and the attack is violation to the holiness of the holy month of Ramazan and Islamic law.
Khalil al-Salih a Kuwaiti lawmaker and witness of the attack said that there were about 2,000 people in the mosque by the time the explosion took place on Friday.
“It was obvious from the suicide bomber’s body that he was young. He walked into the prayer hall during sujood (kneeling in prayer), he looked … in his 20s, I saw him with my own eyes,” he told media.
There are between 15 and 30 percent Shias in the predominantly Sunni Muslim state of Kuwait but the Islamic State considers Shias to be heretics.