Seven sentenced to death over Kuwait mosque bombing

Seven sentenced to death over Kuwait mosque bombing
(Tuesday, September 15, 2015) 12:34

Court sentences seven suspects over suicide attack that killed at least 26 people during Ramadan, state media reports.

A Kuwaiti court has sentenced seven suspects to death over the Imam al-Sadiq Mosque bombing, which killed at least 26 people and injured more than 200 others, the country's state news agency reported.

Kuwait's criminal court on Tuesday sentenced eight others to two and 15 years behind bars and acquitted 14 others, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said.

The court heard statements from the defence lawyers and later charged the defendants with using explosives with the intention of "killing, spreading terror, committing murders, joining an internationally banned group that promotes toppling the ruling system with illegitimate means and threatening the country's unity", KUNA reported.

The Imam al-Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City was attacked by a Saudi suicide bomber on June 26 during Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan.

Kuwait launched a security crackdown on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the attack was claimed by the group.

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