At least 13 killed and many people wounded in a suicide attack that targeted a Shiite Muslim mosque packed with some 2,000 worshippers during Friday prayers in Kuwait city, a witness said.
According to initial witness reports, eight people were killed in the explosion. But agency reports revised the death toll upward to 13.
Daesh claims attack
A Daesh terror group branch that refers to itself as the “Islamic State in the Province of Najd” (central Saudi Arabia) claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque.
It named the bomber as Abu Sulaiman Al Muwahhid, adding that he was armed with a suicide belt, and targeted the “temple of the rejectionists”, using a pejorative reference to Shiites.
Kuwaiti parliament member Khalil Al Salih said worshippers were kneeling in prayer when a loud explosion ripped through, damaging the walls and ceiling.
He said a suicide bomber who looked to be under 30 years of age caused the explosion and that he saw several bodies covered in blood on the floor.
They identified the target as the Imam Sadiq mosque.