Kuwait sentences seven to death for Shia mosque bombing

Kuwait sentences seven to death for Shia mosque bombing
A Kuwaiti court sentenced seven to death on Tuesday for their roles in a Shia mosque bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in June, which killed 27 worshippers
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15 September, 2015

Kuwait has sentenced seven people to death over the suicide bombing of the Imam al-Sadiq Shia mosque in Kuwait City on June 26.

At least 27 people were killed in the deadly attack, and more than 220 others were wounded.

Another eight suspects were given terms of between two and fifteen years in prison, while 14 others were acquitted.

A total of 29 defendants, seven of them women, had been on trial on charges of helping the suicide bomber carry out the attack. Kuwait says the bomber was Saudi citizen Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba'a.

A group affiliated with the Islamic State group (IS, formerly ISIS) claimed it was behind the bombing.

Tunisia and France saw attacks on the same day that have also been linked to IS.

The attacks came in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when IS had urged its followers to mount attacks.

IS regards Shia Muslims as heretics.

Last month, an IS branch in Saudi Arabia carried out bombings on consecutive Fridays on Shia mosques there.