Islamic State releases audio said to be of Kuwait terrorist
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Islamic State releases audio said to be of Kuwait terrorist

Clip posted online after Saudi killed 27 in mosque bombing; reportedly warns Shiites of retribution for ‘insulting Islam’

Security forces and officials gather at a Shi'ite mosque after a deadly blast claimed by the Islamic State group that struck worshipers attending Friday prayers in Kuwait City, Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo)
Security forces and officials gather at a Shi'ite mosque after a deadly blast claimed by the Islamic State group that struck worshipers attending Friday prayers in Kuwait City, Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo)

Islamic State has released an audio recording it says was made by a suicide bomber who killed 27 people in an attack on a Kuwait City mosque on Friday.

The recording — a statement designed to be released after the attack – was said to consist largely of verses from the Quran, and was released Sunday via social media channels popular with the radical Islamic State group.

In the clip, the speaker can apparently be heard criticizing Shiite Muslims, saying they should expect revenge for what he called insults to Islam.

“Very, very soon you will see something unexpected. Expect blood, expect death,” the voice on the recording reportedly says.

On Sunday, the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry named the bomber as Saudi national Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa, who had flown into Kuwait on Friday morning just hours before blowing himself up at the Imam al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City.

A Kuwaiti man with blood-stained clothes and a bandaged head uses a phone at the site of a suicide bombing at the Shi'ite Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque during Friday prayers on June 26, 2015, in Kuwait City. (AFP PHOTO / STR)
A Kuwaiti man with blood-stained clothes and a bandaged head uses a phone at the site of a suicide bombing at the Shi’ite Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque during Friday prayers on June 26, 2015, in Kuwait City. (AFP PHOTO / STR)

The mosque bombing was one of three attacks carried out last Friday by suspected Islamist terrorists. In France, 35-year-old Yassin Salhi decapitated his boss at a chemical plant near Lyon before unsuccessfully attempting to cause a major explosion at the site, while in Tunisia, gunman Seifeddine Rezgui shot dead 38 people on a beach in the resort town of Sousse.

Video footage emerged Sunday appearing to show Rezgui running along the beach, holding his Kalashnikov rifle, in the immediate aftermath of his rampage that killed mostly British holidaymakers.

Eyewitnesses said that Rezgui had been “laughing and joking” as he mowed down his victims, and had apparently been targeting foreign tourists.

“Some people, he was saying to them, ‘You go away,’” one witness told Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM. “He was choosing tourists, British, French.”

The attack began on the beach, where tourists described hearing what sounded like fireworks before running for their lives once they realized it was gunfire. Video of the aftermath of the attack showed medics using beach chairs as stretchers to carry away people in swimsuits.

“He had a parasol in his hand. He went down to put it in the sand and then he took out his Kalashnikov and began shooting wildly,” said Secretary of State for Security Affairs Rafik Chelli.

AP and AFP contributed to this report.

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