The initial report counts at least 24 dead and 50 wounded in the attack carried out by a suicide bomber in the Shiite Imam al-Sadiq mosque in the center of Kuwait City. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by a group affiliated with Islamic State (IS) and the number of victims could rise dramatically if you consider that the mosque was full of Muslim worshippers for the Friday prayers.
The jihadists, in a statement posted on social media, identified the bomber as Abu Suleiman al-Muwahed and defined the mosque as the “temple of the deniers.” Shiites constitute about 30% of the population of Kuwait, which counts a total of 1.3 million inhabitants.
It is not the first time that men of the Caliphate are targeting Shiite places of worship in the Gulf region. In recent weeks, two bombs exploded in many mosques in Saudi. However, it is the first time that an attack like this targets the Kuwaiti worshippers, about a third of the country’s population.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo