President Rouhani sends message of condolences to Kuwait emir on mosque attack

Tehran, June 28, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani has sent a message of condolences to the Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah in which he condemned Friday’s terrorist bombing of a mosque in the Kuwait City.

“The filthy and anti-Islamic aim of Takfiri groups behind this crime at the safe Divine house and in the holy month of Ramadan is to defame Islam and draw an unreal and violent image of Muslims and to sow division and provoke them to commit fratricide,” President Rouhani said in his message to the Kuwaiti emir.

Expressing condolences to the emir, government and people of Kuwait, Rouhani expressed hope in his message that through public participation and double efforts and increased cooperation “we would witness spread of security, peace and tranquility in the region under the teachings of beneficent Islam as well as eradication of terrorism and violence throughout the world.”

At least 25 people including three Iranians were killed and over 200 others injured in the bombing that was carried out during the weekly Friday prayers at Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City.

Meanwhile, at least 37 people were also killed in an attack by two unidentified gunmen in the Port El Kantaoui tourist complex, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of the town of Sousse in Tunisia. An exchange of gunfire was reported between the attackers and security forces. One of the gunmen is said to be killed and the other remains at large.

The ISIL terrorist group has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

A truck driver, reportedly carrying a flag of the ISIL Takfiri group, crashed into a gas factory located in the small town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city of Lyon, and hung his employer’s severed head on a factory gate.

The Friday terror raids have triggered strong reactions and criticisms from various world leaders and bodies.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon slammed the ‘appalling’ attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia, saying that those responsible should be brought to justice.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi, and to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.

The White House also denounced the ‘heinous attacks’ in the three countries.

Many Islamic bodies and organizations, including the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, Egypt’s top Muslim authority al-Azhar, and the Houthi Ansarullah movement of Yemen, also censured the act of terror in Kuwait.

Following the attacks, Italy and Spain raised their terror alert level.

“No country is without risk, we have raised the level of alert to re-sensitize those units charged with protecting sensitive places,” Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Friday, without specifying to what grade he had increased the level.

Spain’s Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz also said he had decided to raise the terror alert level from medium to high over security concerns about potential attacks on Spanish soil.