Islamic State 'releases audio clip of Kuwait mosque bomber'

Islamic State 'releases audio clip of Kuwait mosque bomber'


The Islamic State has issued an audio tape allegedly containing a posthumous statement by a Saudi militant who killed 27 people in a suicide bombing attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait on Friday.

The statement by Saudi Arabian Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa, identified by Kuwait's authorities as the bomber, was released to social media channels used by IS.

The statement consists mainly of verses from the Koran and criticised Shia Muslims, saying they could expect revenge for "insulting Islam".

Kuwait observed an official day of mourning for those killed in what was the bloodiest ever attack on Shia Muslims in the country, in which over 200 people were injured.

It was not possible to immediately verify the authenticity of the audio tape.

Al-Qabaa flew into Kuwait through Bahrain and had no previous known links to terrorism, the Saudi interior ministry said Sunday, cited by Al-Arabiya News Channel.

Kuwaiti police arrested the driver who transported a suicide bomber to the mosque where he blew himself up, the official KUNA news agency said.

The driver, who was named as Abdulrahman Sabah Eidan Saud, was described as an "illegal resident" born in 1989, who took the bomber to the Al-Imam Al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City on Friday.

Emirate authorities also detained the owner of a house in the Al-Rigga district of southern Al-Ahmadi Governorate where the bomber had allegedly been staying, according to KUNA.

The owner of the house is a Kuwaiti national who subscribes to "fundamentalist and deviant ideology", according to a statement from the interior ministry cited by the agency.

IS's Saudi Arabian arm claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque, where 2,000 worshippers were gathered for prayers. It was one of three attacks on three continents that day apparently linked to hardline Islamists.