Kuwait seeks death penalty for 11 over mosque bombing

Kuwait seeks death penalty for 11 over mosque bombing
Prosecutors in Kuwait say they will seek the death penalty for 11 of the 29 people in detention suspected of involvement in last month's bombing of a Shia Muslim mosque.
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15 July, 2015
Security in Kuwait increased in wake of the attack [AFP]
Kuwait's public prosecution has demanded the death penalty for eleven of 29 suspects charged over the bombing of a Shia mosque last month, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Al-Qabas, citing informed sources, said two of the suspects are currently fighting with the Islamic State jihadist group which claimed the attack.

The June 26 bombing, carried out by a Saudi, was the bloodiest in Kuwait's history and left 26 people killed and more than 200 wounded.

Those charged are seven Kuwaitis, five Saudis, three Pakistanis, thirteen stateless people known as bidoons, and another person at large whose identity is unknown, the prosecution said Tuesday.

Twenty-four suspects were detained in Kuwait and the other five are to be tried in absentia, including two Saudi brothers who allegedly transported the explosives and are being held in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Qabas said some of the suspects were also charged with joining a "terrorist" organisation fighting against the state.

Two of the suspects have been charged with premeditated murder and attempted murder.

Two others were charged with training in the use of explosives, nine with assisting in the crime and the rest with knowing of the attack without informing the authorities.

An IS-affiliated group calling itself Najd Province claimed the bombing and also said it carried out suicide attacks on two Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia in May.