Published on 26 Jun 2015 Sections

Islamic State claims Kuwait mosque suicide attack

The Islamic State group claims responsibility for a suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait in which at least 25 people are reported to have been killed.

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Another 202 people were wounded in the attack.

IS made its claim on social media and identified the bomber as Abu Suleiman al-Muwahed. Its statement said his target was a “temple of the rejectionists” – a term used by the Sunni militant group to refer to Shia Muslims.

The incident took place in the capital Kuwait City after Friday prayers and coincided with an attack on two tourist hotels in the Tunisian tourist resort of Sousse, in which at least 28 people were killed.

A gunman was reportedly shot dead in the resort, which is a popular holiday destination for Britons.

Tension has been high in Tunisia since an attack on the National Bardo Museum in March which killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists.

In another attack in France, a man was decapitated when terrorists tried to blow up a US-owned gas facility near Lyon.

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