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Arrests in sweep for support cell
June 29, 2015, 10:24 am

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior is said to have heard the testimony of a security man who was posted at the Imam Al-Sadiq mosque on the day of the blast on June 26, 2015, reports Al-Jaridah daily. The daily added, the patrolman was posted at the mosque to ensure the safety of worshippers. The patrolman added, he saw the suicide bomber rushing to the mosque and he thought he was making haste to catch up with the congregation because the prayer service had already begun.

On why he moved his car away from the scene of the blast or why he moved away, he said, for his personal safety and the safety of the patrol car to enable him to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, during a security crackdown in Jahra, Taima, Sulaibiya, Riqqa, Ahmadi and Bayan the Ahmadi police are said to have arrested 28 sympathizers of the Islamic State or the so-called DAESH, reports Al-Jaridah daily.

The daily added, all those arrested had been put under surveillance for a long time. Some of them have been referred to the State Security for interrogation. Security sources disclosed that one of the two brothers who hid the driver connected to the explosion in Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque had gone to Afghanistan in the past to fight and managed to return to the country later.

The brothers are among 27 siblings living in two adjacent houses in Riqqa area who have criminal record, and with some of them serving terms in the Central Jail for drug-related charges. Securitymen collected recordings of all surveillance cameras installed in Sawaber prior to the bombing of Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque; including those near the traffic lights, petrol pumps and the mosque in order to identify all those behind the attack, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources.

Sources confirmed this procedure helped the securitymen identify the person who drove the Japan-made car which transported the suspected suicide bomber to the mosque, indicating the driver later left the car in Sulaibiya.

Sources revealed the driver stopped at the parking lot of the mosque, along with the suspected suicide bomber, at 11:00 am. Both of them waited until the mosque got crowded with worshippers. The suspected suicide bomber then went out holding a gadget and when he opened his hand the bomb exploded.

The driver, identified only as A.R.E.S., sped off immediately after the explosion and then left the car in Sulaibiya. He is said to have been following up developments regarding the bombing on Twitter while he was hiding in a house in Riqqa.

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