Kuwait mosque attack: 3 brothers arrested

Kuwait mosque attack: 3 brothers arrested
Authorities in Saudi Arabia say they have arrested three brothers allegedly linked to the worse terror attack in Kuwait that targeted a Shia mosque killing 27 people.
2 min read
07 July, 2015
The attack last month killed 27 people [Getty]
Saudi Arabian authorities say they have arrested three brothers in connection with last month's deadly attack on a Shia mosque in neighbouring Kuwait.

The official Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday quoted the Interior Ministry as saying that one of the men was arrested in Kuwait and handed over to the kingdom.

Another was detained in the western Saudi city of Taif, and a third was apprehended following a shootout that wounded two members of the Saudi security forces near the Kuwaiti border.

The men were not identified. The report says a fourth brother is a member of the Islamic State militant group in Syria.

In late June, a Saudi man blew himself up inside the Kuwait City mosque, killing 27 worshippers and wounding more than 200. 

The IS-affiliated group in Saudi Arabia, calling itself Najd Province, said militant Abu Suleiman al-Muwahhid carried out the attack on the mosque, which it claimed was spreading Shia teachings among Sunni Muslims. IS, a radical Sunni Muslim group, considers Shias to be heretics.

Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, immediately visited the site, and footage on state-run Kuwait Television showed him visibly moved by the scenes of carnage.

After the attack, the Gulf state's worst ever terror act, Kuwait detained 60 people and closed a local charity for alleged violations in raising funds for Syrian as part of a security crackdown.