Kuwait: Islamic State claims attack on mosque in Kuwait, 27 dead, over 200 injured


Scene of the attack at mosque in Kuwait city (image BBC)

Islamic State (IS) has claimed another deadly mosque attack, this time a first in Kuwait which left 27 dead and over 200 injured. IS-affiliated group in Saudi Arabia, calling itself Najd Province accepted responsibility for the attack. The al Emam Al Sadiq Shia mosque in Kuwait City was targeted by a suicide bomber who allegedly blew himself up during Friday prayers. Reuters news agency reported,

“Islamic State named the bomber as Abu Suleiman al-Muwahed and said in a statement posted on social media that he had targeted a “temple of the rejectionists” — a term it generally uses to refer to Shi’ites, whom it regards as heretics.”


Alleged to be bomber seconds before detonation



Aftermath of bombing (Images AP)

The prime minister of Kuwait, Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah who visited the wounded at Emiri hospital told Reuters “this incident targets our internal front, our national unity. But this is too difficult for them and we are much stronger than that.”

The mosque bombing occurred on the same day as 27 people died in a terrorist attack on Moussa a beach resort in Tunisia. There was a further terrorist attack where a man was decapitated, his head displayed on a fence at the Air Products chemical factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyons in south-west France. To date no -one has claimed responsibility for these attacks.

The US Embassy Kuwait released the following statement,

“the Embassy of the United States condemns the senseless terrorist attack on worshipers in the Al-Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque in #Kuwait City today. We, Ambassador Douglas Silliman and his wife Catherine extend our deepest condolences to the government and people of Kuwait, and our prayers go out to the families of those killed and injured. The United States stands ready to assist our friend and ally Kuwait in any way possible.”

Sayed Mahdi Modarresi a faith leader, lecturer and theologian specializing in Islamic history and spirituality tweeted,

“Being killed is a habit for us, martyrdom an honor bestowed upon us”—Ali son of Hussein

His tweet was accompanied by the following image,



Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, posted the following on Twitter,




Face of alleged bomber Abu Suleiman al-Muwahed


The statement allegedly released from IS claiming responsibility for the Kuwait mosque attack (image via Jenan Moussa, Arabic Al Aan TV)

Islamic State has claimed several recent attacks on mosques in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia see following,


“Yemen: Islamic State claim responsibility for mosque bombings in Sanaa which kill 140 people injuring hundreds”



Saudi Arabia: Shia mosque targeted in suicide bombing Qatif and mosque attacked in Sanaa, Yemen



“Saudi Arabia: Islamic State claim responsibility for Dammam mosque attack”


Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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