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Kuwait bombing suspect admits to joining ISIL

The alleged driver in the Kuwaiti Shia mosque attack that killed 26 people in June has told a court hearing he joined ISIL a day before the attack

Kuwait bombing suspect admits to joining ISIL
Kuwaiti security forces and emergency personnel gather outside the Shiite Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque after it was targeted by a suicide bombing during Friday prayers on June 26, 2015, in Kuwait City. (AFP/Getty Images)

The alleged driver in the Kuwaiti Shia mosque attack that killed 26 people in June has admitted to joining ISIL a day earlier, AFP has reported.

Abdulrahman Sabah Saud drove Saudi bomber Fahad Al Qaba’a to the mosque in Kuwait City, where hundreds of others also were wounded in the Gulf state’s worst ever terrorist attack.

Saud admitted he joined ISIL during the first hearing of the trial of 22 men and seven women on Tuesday. All of the other suspects have denied involvement in the bombing or being a member of ISIL.

Saud was given the car used in the attack by its owner Jarrah Nimer to be used to transport charity meals for breaking the fast during the month of Ramadan, Nimer’s lawyer Thamer Al Jadaei told the court, according to AFP.

The public prosecution has not released the official charge sheets but a number of defendants are charged with being in a proscribed group and taking part in the bombing, AFP said. Most are also accused of assisting those behind the attack.

Those charged are seven Kuwaitis, five Saudis, three Pakistanis, 13 bedouins and another person at large whose identity is unknown.

Five defendants are being tried in absentia.

An ISIL-affiliated group calling itself Najd Province claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The next hearing in the case was set for Thursday.