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Kuwait detains suspects in mosque bombing

02:57 PM | 27 Jun, 2015
Kuwait detains suspects in mosque bombing
DUBAI (Web Desk) - Kuwait has arrested several people on suspicion of involvement in the bombing of a mosque on Friday that killed 27 people, a security source said on Saturday.

"Numerous arrests of (people)... suspected of having ties with the suicide bomber have been made," said the source.

Read more: 27 killed, 202 wounded in Kuwait mosque blast

Terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing, which was the Gulf Arab country's worst militant attack in years and according to the interior ministry also wounded more than 200.

epaselect epa04820003 Medics and security forces gather inside Imam Sadiq Mosque following a suicide bombing in al-Sawaber, Kuwait City, Kuwait, 26 June 2015. Media reports said 24 people were killed and 25 wounded in a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait where worshippers had gathered for Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan. The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a statement circulated on social media which could not be immediately verified. EPA/RAED QUTENA

IS has carried out similar recent attacks in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Yemen. However, this is the first attack on a Shia mosque to take place in Kuwait.

Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas said state security had arrested three people suspected of being involved.

Parliament member Khalil al-Salih was at the Imam al-Sadeq Mosque in the Sawaber district in the eastern part of the Kuwaiti capital when the attack occurred.

Paramedics rush a victim of a suicide bomb attack at Imam al-Sadeq Mosque, to the Amiri hospital in Al Sharq, Kuwait City, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

He said worshippers were kneeling in prayer when the bomber walked in and detonated his explosives, destroying walls and the ceiling.

"It was obvious from the suicide bomber's body that he was young. He walked into the prayer hall during sujood [kneeling in prayer], he looked... in his 20s, I saw him with my own eyes," Khalil al-Salih told Reuters news agency.

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DAY OF MOURNING

Kuwait is observing a day of mourning after 27 people died in the attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers.

Another 227 people were wounded in the Imam Sadiq Mosque in the capital Kuwait City. Images circulating online show bodies on the floor amid debris.

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A spokesman for the Kuwait National Petroleum Company said security was being stepped up at oil installations around the country in the wake of the bombing.

Footage said to be taken in the aftermath of the blast showed dozens of men in blood-splattered white robes spilling out of the smoke-filled mosque into the street outside.

State TV showed the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, visiting the damaged mosque.

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An IS affiliate calling itself the Najd Province - the same group that claimed a pair of bombing attacks on Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks - said it was behind the attack.

A spokesman for IS this week urged the militant group's followers to step up attacks during the Islamic month of Ramazan.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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