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Kuwait Mosque Attack: At Least 25 Dead in ISIS-Claimed Assault

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Kuwaiti security forces gather outside the Shiite Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque after it was targeted by a suicide bombing during Friday prayers on June 26, 2015, in Kuwait City. (Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 26 Jun 2015 01:06 PM

A Kuwait mosque attack during Friday prayers has killed at least 25 people and injured more than 200 others as a group affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.

The suicide blast on the Imam Sadiq Mosque in the eastern portion of Kuwait City created a loud explosion, threw people to the floor, and heavily damaged the building, according to the state-run news agency and cited by the BBC News.

The news agency said the suicide attack was the first to take place against a Shia mosque in Kuwait, which had as many as 2,000 people inside at the time.

"It was obvious from the suicide bomber's body that he was young," Parliament member Khalil al-Salih told Reuters. "He walked into the prayer hall during sujood (kneeling in prayer). He looked . . . in his 20s, I saw him with my own eyes . . . The explosion was really hard. The ceiling and wall got destroyed."

Reuters reported that ISIS identified the bomber as Abu Suleiman al-Muwahed, calling the mosque the "temple of the rejectionists" in its social media posting, a phrase generally uses to refer to Shi'ites, whom the terrorist organization generally regard as heretics.

Shi'ites make up anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of the Muslim population in Sunni-dominated Kuwait, according to Reuters.

Numerous leaders condemned the bombing, according to the Kuwait News Agency.

"These terrorist acts, which aim to destabilizing security of the Arab world and masterminded by enemies of Arab and Islamic nations, will never succeed in undermining unity of Kuwait and Arab people," said Arab Parliament President Ahmad Al-Jarwan.

Iyad Madani, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, also voiced his opposition to the bombing in a statement.

"This terrorist act (that) targeted worshippers during the blessed day of Friday and during the holy month of Ramadan cannot be carried out by a Muslim," Madani said, per the Kuwait News Agency. "This terrorist group that committed this heinous act is careless to human beings, a moral or faith, and is offending Islam and Muslims."

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