16 killed in mosque attack in Kuwait

Jun 26, 2015 10:17 AM by Cheryl Wengren

KUWAIT CITY (AP) - A Kuwaiti paramedic and a human rights activist say that at least 16 people have been killed and dozens have been wounded in an attack on a Shiite mosque.

The extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the explosion at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City during midday prayers Friday.

Paramedic Abdelrahman al-Yusef says most of the victims were men or boys who were at the mosque when the bombing took place.

He says the medics have treated at least 179 people.

Basel al-Fadli from the Kuwait Watch Organization says he recorded 16 deaths, but that several people are still missing.

Both spoke to an Associated Press reporter at Kuwait City's Amiri Hospital, where most of the wounded and dead were taken after the blast.


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