Bomb strikes Shiite mosque in Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY- The Associated Press
Security forces, officials and civilians gather outside of the Imam Sadiq Mosque after a deadly blast struck after Friday prayers in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Friday, June 26, 2015. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what appears to be a bombing that targeted the Shiite mosque. AP PhotoA bomb has exploded in a Shiite mosque in the Kuwaiti capital.
The bomb struck the Imam Sadiq Mosque in a busy area of Kuwait City's al-Sawabir district. Witness Abdullah al-Saffar was at the mosque at the time. He says the explosions took place on the mosque grounds following Friday prayers, and that there were casualties.
There was no claim of responsibility, however the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for bombings at two different Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.
Friday midday prayers are typically the most crowded of the week, and attendance increases during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which started last week.