Kuwait mosque attack suspect arrested

April 12, 2013

The shattered glass of Al Baharna Mosque in Kuwait City

Police in Kuwait have arrested a man who shattered the glass doors and windows of a Shiite mosque.

The 21-year-old was apprehended by policemen as he returned to the mosque for a new post-midnight attack on Al Baharna Mosque on Tuesday, the police said.

“The mosque was placed under constant monitoring and when the police noted on the surveillance cameras a young man carrying a stone getting close to the mosque, they apprehended him,” the police said. “During the quizzing, he confessed that he attacked the mosque on Friday and that he had also targeted the same religious building twice over the last two weeks.”

The police said that they found a video clip of the attacks on his mobile phone. However, the suspect denied there was a sectarian motivation behind the attacks and said that he was curious to observe how people reacted to his acts.

Sources told local Arabic daily Al Rai that the suspect attributed his attacks on the mosque to “voices telling him to do it”. The attacks on Al Baharna Mosque in the Kuwaiti capital Kuwait City sparked a robust show of unity between all leading political and religious figures in the country who issued statements condemning the act and warning of attempts to sow divisions along sectarian faults.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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