A suicide bomber killed 25 people and wounded 202 when he blew himself up inside a packed Shi’ite Muslim mosque in Kuwait city on Friday, according to Reuters. It was the first attack of its kind in the major oil-exporting country.
The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in the eastern part of the Kuwaiti capital.
Parliament member Khalil al-Salih, who was at the mosque when the attack occurred, said worshippers were kneeling in prayer when the bomber walked into the Imam al-Sadeq Mosque 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…” he said, according to Reuters.