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Government honours Kuwaiti mosque blast victims as martyrs
June 28, 2015, 11:19 am
Kuwaiti state planes transported eight victims of the deadly mosque attack to the holy Najaf burial site in Iraq with others given the honour of a funeral at the state Grand Mosque as local police caught the bomber's driver a day after the horrific event. A day after the painful incident which shocked the people of Kuwait, including His Highness the Amir who attended the scene of the bombing moments after it had occurred, the government has been doing all in its power to express solidarity with the families of the deceased.
An official state plane carried eight of the deceased and their families to the holy city of Najaf in Iraq - to mark an expression of solidarity with the families. The suicide bomber, an ISIL operative, blew himself up at Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque in downtown Kuwait City, killing 27 and injuring 227 others. The Kuwaiti people, in all their sects, have also demonstrated unity, attending the funeral of the martyrs and donating blood to the injured in the droves.
Kuwaitis and expatriates, in the thousands, attended a burial for some of the martyrs at Al-Sulaibikhat cemetery shortly before attending funeral proceedings at the state Grand Mosque.
These massive throngs of mourners are a vivid testimony to the cohesion of the Kuwaiti people at times of crises, said National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, who attended the burial. 
At the forefront of attendants at the Grand Mosque were 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 parliament chief Al-Ghanim.
Also paying respects were His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Minister of Amiri Diwan Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
Meanwhile, several Kuwaiti nationals amongst those paying their respects at the Grand Mosque, in remarks to KUNA, expressed their commitment to the nation's solidarity and unity during these troubled times. "We have all come to express condolences over our fathers, our brothers, our neighbours, our colleagues," said Walid Al-Houlan. "These people are not strangers to us - they are our martyrs, who perished at a house of God as they were kneeling to God during the holy month of Ramadan," he said.
Hassan BoAbbas said that the incident would not affect the unity of the Kuwaiti people. "Us Kuwaitis possess a cherished sense of patriotism," said BoAbbas, who urged local education curricula to allow room for all sects and to tackle sectarian division. "These crimes will not damage the determination of the strong-willed Kuwaiti people, nor will they be a cause for sedition," said Hamad Al-Azmi.
Al-Azmi underlined that the united stance portrayed by the Kuwaiti people has sent a clear message to the terrorists. The message is that "our community will not allow any person or force to damage its unity." Mishal Kamal mirrored these sentiments. This was demonstrated in the numbers of Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaities, by the hundreds, who headed to the state blood bank to donate in support of the 227 people injured, he said.

The blood bank has recorded an astonishing 1,250 donors since Friday, according to Dr. Rana Abdulrazzaq, the Director of Medical and Donor Affairs.
Along with the feelings of sadness over those departed, comes a strange feeling of joy over the unity of the people of Kuwait, believes Nasser Al-Shirazi.
His Highness the Amir himself was present in person at the scene of the bombing moments after its occurrence, and Al-Shirazi says this is a clear sign of this cohesion.
A day prior, Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah had vowed that authorities would catch whoever else was involved in the operation. His words were followed with police reporting that they had located the suicide bomber's car and his personal driver.
In a press statement, the Ministry of Interior said the driver, a man named Abdulrahman Sabah Eidan Saud, is an illegal resident born in 1989. 
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