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15 July 2024

Armed man storms Kuwait mosque to call for 'jihad'

By Staff

An armed Kuwaiti eluded police and stormed a packed mosque in the oil-rich Gulf emirate to call for jihad (holy struggle) before he was overpowered and arrested by cops waiting outside, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Police had tried to stop the man when they saw the gun in his hand but let him drive away after he started to shoot in the air and threaten passers-by.

As they chased him, he stopped his car near a mosque which was packed for Friday’s prayers and stormed in still waving the gun at them.

“It’s time for jihad… it’s time for jihad… let’s go,” the man shouted to hundreds of worshippers inside the mosque, according to Al Anba newspaper.

It said the man fled the mosque after he was chased by worshippers, adding that he was overpowered and arrested by police men waiting outside for him.

The paper quoted a police spokesman as saying the man had been convicted by a court in a financial case and that tests showed he had no drinks or drugs. “His behavior is not justified. This is strange but we are interrogating him,” he said.