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Explosives for Kuwait mosque bombing came from Bahrain: Suspects

11 July 2015 15:44



The two brothers recently arrested in Saudi Arabia over orchestrating a deadly bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Kuwait reportedly say they have obtained the explosive materials needed for the assault from neighboring Bahrain.

The pair has confessed to smuggling the materials, used in the late June bombing, across the King Fahd Causeway, which connects Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait-based and Arabic-language al-Shahed newspaper reported.

Once inside Saudi Arabia, the brothers rented a room at a guesthouse in the kingdom’s northern al-Qassim region, situated about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of the capital, Riyadh, where they made an explosives-laden belt.

They then stashed the belt inside their car’s refrigerator and laid several cans of food as well as bottles of mineral waters over it to avoid any suspicion by Saudi border police.

The two Saudi brothers drove all the way along Highway 30, which links Saudi border to Kuwait City. They stayed in their brother’s house for two days, before returning home.

Kuwaiti security forces gather outside the Shia Imam Sadiq (PBUH) Mosque after a bombing during Friday prayers in Kuwait City, June 26, 2015. (© AP)


Spokesman for the Saudi Interior Ministry Major General Mansour al-Turki announced on July 7 that Saudi forces had captured a man in the mountain city of Taif in connection with Kuwait mosque bombing, and another in the town of Ras al-Khafji on the border between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait following an exchange of gunfire.

On June 26, at least 27 people lost their lives and 227 others sustained injuries when an explosion ripped through Imam Sadiq (PBUH) Mosque in al-Sawabir, a busy residential and shopping district of Kuwait City.

A bomber reportedly blew himself up in the mosque where worshippers had gathered for Friday prayers.

Later in the day, the Takfiri ISIL militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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