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Kuwait mosque blast draws worldwide outrage

KUWAIT, June 26 (KUNA) -- The terrorist bomb attack that hit at Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque in downtown Kuwait City on Friday triggered resounding condemnations from across the world.
The blast left at least 27 deaths and 227 injured among the worshippers after the noon prayers.
The French Foreign Ministry expressed in a statement full solidarity with the Kuwaiti government and people in the combat against terrorism, and offered condolences to the families of the victims.
In Cairo the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb strongly denounced the attack, saying that such "criminal sinful acts trifle with people's right to secure life and the sanctity of places of worship.
"The heinous attack runs counter to the teachings of noble Islam and aims to foment sectarian sedition," he said, wishing Kuwait security and stability.
In Khartoum, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement the cowardly attack targeted armless worshipers and targeted the stability and security of the Kuwaiti society.
Sudan stands by leadership and people of sisterly Kuwait in this hard time, offers condolences for the families of the victims and wishes the wounded quick recovery, the statement said.
In Baghdad, Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Dr. Saleem Al-Jubouri said the terrorist attack is desperate attempt to destabilize sisterly Kuwait and expand the scope of the terrorist activities.
"This despicable crime is part of a hostile design by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against sisterly countries that support Iraq in its war against this terrorist organization," he said in a statement, reaffirming the need to more concerted efforts against ISIL.
In Beirut, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam strongly condemned the attack as a heinous plot against the national unity of Kuwait.
"The attack against a mosque in the holy month of Ramadan adds a new example of the extent of barbarism of saboteurs and the seriousness of their destructive acts in our Arab region," he said in a press release.
On behalf of the Lebanese people and government, he expressed condolences to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti government and people.
In Muscat, the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the attack and all forms of violence and terrorism against innocent worshipers.
The Ministry reaffirmed in a statement full solidarity with the Kuwait government and people in the face of such horrible crimes. In Sarajevo the Bosnian-Kuwaiti parliamentary friendship group said the attack targeted not only Kuwaiti worshipers but all Muslims and peace loving people around the world.
In a statement signed by chairman of the group and former ambassador of Kuwait to Bosnia and Herzegovina Sadeq Maarafi the group called on all Muslims from all sects and races to join forces against terrorism which "tarnishes in the first place the image of Islam and Muslims." In Rabat, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation denounced the attack as "an abominable act of terrorism which runs counter to the values of noble Islam." "The terrorist attack targets the stability and security of sisterly Kuwait," the ministry said in a press release, reaffirming support to Kuwait in its efforts to combat terrorism.

In Brussels, President of the Socialist and Democrat Group in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella expressed his condolences for the victims of attacks in Kuwait as well as in France and Tunisia.
In a statement, he expressed his "deep solidarity" with the families of the victims and with the citizens of Kuwait France and Tunisia "who suffered from these evil terrorist attacks.
"Today, as never before, the institutions and peoples of Europe and the Arab world must be united in the fight against terror. We will not surrender to their blackmail," he added.
Meanwhile, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has condemned the terrorist attack in the Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque.
In a statement in Brussels she said that the chain of attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait "is a stark reminder that no country and no region can ignore the challenge posed by terrorists.
"I offer my condolences to the people of France, Tunisia, and Kuwait and to all the families of those killed and wounded today," she said.
"They aim at destabilising our societies by spreading fear, suspicion and prejudice. Both Europe and the Arab world are targeted. Together we cry for our victims and together we will stand against violence and sectarianism," she stressed.
"The terrorists want to divide us: our response will be more unity. No nation, no power can carry out this fight alone. We need a truly global alliance, an alliance of civilisations.
"We face the same challenge. We are witnessing an unprecedented attempt to manipulate religion to justify terrorism and to foster divisions inside our societies," said the EU foreign policy chief.
"We will not fall into the trap. The European Union will keep working with all its partners to fight terrorism and shore up peace and stability in our neighbourhood," she added.
In Islamabad Pakistan Foreign Office strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attack at Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque, saying: "The people and the Government of Pakistan wish to convey their heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for speedy recovery of the injured.
"We share the grief of the brotherly people of the State of Kuwait over this cowardly attack against innocent civilians praying at a mosque during the Holy month of Ramadan," it said in a press release.
Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, it added.
The convener for Pakistan-Kuwait parliamentary friendship group, lawmaker Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan in a statement to KUNA said: "We strongly condemn the attack on Kuwaiti mosque.
"The terrorist attack on the brotherly country is an attack on whole Muslim Ummah. We offer our condolence to the bereaved families and pray for speedy recovery of the injured," the statement added.
On his part, Secretary General of the Kuwaiti Writers Association (KRA) Talal Al-Romeidhi said the terrorist attack is a foiled attempt to undermine the unity, safety and stability of the people of Kuwait.
"The coherent, moderate and enlightened society of Kuwait is able to foil any external criminal attempts against its security and stability, and will continue to enjoy unity and amity under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the wise government," Al-Romeidhi said in a press release.
In the same vein, President of Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer said the attack proves once again that blind terrorism could hit anywhere regardless of the sanctity of places of worship.
The horrible attack targeted innocent worshipers is a flagrant contradiction to the values and teachings of noble Islam, he said in a statement, noting that it became a religious and national obligation for everybody to contribute to the combat against terrorism.
On behalf of the KRSC and its volunteers, Dr. Al-Sayer appealed to all people to donate blood for the scores of wounded persons. (pickup previous) kt.hm.gb