Two Indians were among the 27 people killed when a Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shia mosque in Kuwait on Friday, possibly the first time that citizens of the country have lost their lives in an attack by the dreaded terrorist group based in Iraq and Syria.
The Indians who died were identified as Rizwan Husain, 31, from Walipur village of Sultanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, and Ibne Abbas, 25, from Jafarabad in Ambedkar Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh.
“The embassy regrets to inform about the death of two Indian nationals in the bomb blast at Imam Sadiq Mosque, Kuwait, on June 26. Both were taking part in the prayers when they died,” said a statement issued by the Indian embassy.
Several other Indians were injured in the attack. Some were discharged after first aid while others are still in hospital though their condition is stable. Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sunil Jain visited the injured Indians in hospital.
The attack prompted the Indian mission to advise the expatriates to take precautions for their security. “In view of the bomb blast on June 26, all members of the Indian community in Kuwait are advised to take precautions for their safety and security in the country,” the statement said.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing against 2,000 worshippers praying at the Imam Sadiq mosque on Friday, one of three attacks on three continents that day apparently linked to hardline Islamists.
An Indian national living in Kuwait City told Hindustan Times that the Imam Sadiq Mosque is frequented by a large number of Indian Shias, especially during the Friday prayers.
Husain was working as a watchman in the mosque and Abbas worked as a driver.
According to the wishes of their families, they will be buried in the Iraqi city of Najaf, considered the third holiest city by Shias.
More than 760,000 Indians live in Kuwait, forming the second biggest expatriate community after Egyptians. A majority of the Indians are employed in the private sector as construction workers, engineers, doctors, chartered accountants and IT experts.
On Sunday, Kuwait identified the suicide bomber who carried out the country's worst attack as a Saudi citizen, the state media reported.
The interior ministry named the bomber as Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa and said he flew into Kuwait's airport at dawn on Friday, only hours before he detonated explosives at a Shia Muslim mosque, killing 27 people and injuring more than 200.
Kuwait detained the driver of the vehicle that took the bomber to the Shia mosque, state news agency KUNA said.
The interior ministry said the driver of the Japanese-made car, who left the mosque immediately after Friday's bombing, was an illegal resident named Abdul-Rahman Sabah Aidan, KUNA reported.
On Friday, a gunman killed 37 people including Western tourists on a beach in Tunisia, and in France a decapitated body was found after an attacker rammed his car into a gas container, triggering an explosion.
There was no evidence Friday's three attacks were coordinated. But coming so close together, they appeared to underscore the far-reaching, fast-growing influence of Islamic State.
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