Kuwait Mulling New Anti-Terror Laws

Kuwait Mulling New Anti-Terror LawsKuwait Mulling New Anti-Terror Laws

Kuwait’s Oil Minister Ali al-Omair said the government would examine on Monday new security legislation, following a suicide bomb attack on the Shia Imam Sadiq (PBUH) mosque that left 27 dead and 227 wounded.

“The Cabinet will discuss this issue Monday,” said Omair when asked about a government plan to introduce anti-terror legislation, without providing details.

Several MPs have said they will pass any such legislation needed to crack down on extremists, Middle East Eye reported.

“If they need more legislation, we are prepared in order to strike at the elements of evil and terrorism,” Shia MP Abdulhameed Dashti said in a statement.

Kuwait on Sunday identified the suicide bomber behind the attack as a Saudi national. The incident was the first bombing of a mosque in the tiny Arab state.

The Islamic State group’s Saudi affiliate, Najd Province, claimed the bombing and identified the assailant as Abu Suleiman al-Muwahhid.

In a statement, Kuwait’s interior ministry gave the real name of the attacker as Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba’a, born in 1992. It said he entered the country through Kuwait Airport at dawn on Friday, the same day of the bombing.

This is while officials said the bomber had no background suggesting he planned to carry out the attack.

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said on Monday that al-Qaba’a arrived in the island nation from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Thursday. He remained in transit for two and a half hours before boarding a connecting flight to Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said the bomber had no record with security forces or any background indicating terrorist activities. It confirmed he left the kingdom Thursday bound for Bahrain.