Dubai mosques step up security measures

Metal detectors put in place following bomb attacks in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia
Dubai mosques step up security measures
By Staff writer
Sun 05 Jul 2015 11:26 AM

Dubai has ramped up security at mosques across the city after recent bomb attacks targeting mosques in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, it was reported.

Just over a week ago, a young Saudi Arabian man carried out an ISIL bomb attack on Kuwait City's Imam Al Sadeq mosque, killing 27 people. The bombing was one of three ISIL militant attacks on civilians on three continents that day - the others were in Tunisia and France. ISIL militants have also targeted mosques in Saudi Arabia, even dressing up as women in order to carry out suicide bomb attacks.

In Dubai, some of the mosques have erected airport-style metal detectors, with plans to rollout increased security in all mosques across the emirate.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, a Dubai government source said that security guards have been stationed at some mosque gates, with further plans to have CCTV cameras installed.

“The security bodies endeavour to provide residents with security by equipping places in the emirate with metal and explosive detectors,” the source told the newspaper.

A YouTube video posted on Saturday shows the security detail in place at Imam Baqer mosque in Dubai, as people queue up for prayers.

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