Kuwait charges 29 over mosque bombing

Published July 14th, 2015 - 05:21 GMT

Prosecutors in Kuwait have charged 29 people with involvement in a bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Kuwait City, where 27 people died.

On Tuesday, the KUNA News Agency said seven Kuwaitis, five Saudis, three Pakistani nationals, 13 stateless ethnic people known as Bedoons, and another individual, have been charged.

Of the 29 people, 24 were detained inside Kuwait, while the remaining five are expected to be tried in absentia.

Two of the five to be tried in absentia have been identified as Saudi brothers who allegedly transported explosives to Kuwait. They are currently being held in Saudi Arabia.

Reports say two have been charged with premeditated murder and attempted murder. Two others were charged with training and nine with assisting in committing the crime.

The remaining were charged with being informed about plans of the attack and failing to tip off authorities.

On June 26, at least 27 people lost their lives and nearly 230 others sustained injuries in the bomb attack that ripped through Imam Sadiq Mosque in al-Sawabir, a busy residential and shopping district of Kuwait City.

Following the incident, the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said the attack was carried out by Saudi national Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba’a.

The latest development comes a day after the Kuwaiti cabinet decided to set up a permanent committee to "fight against all forms of terrorism... and extremism."

The Daesh-affiliated group, Najd Province, claimed responsibility for the attack in Kuwait. It also said it had carried out two similar attacks against Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia.

This story has been edited from the source material.

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