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After mosque bombing

Kuwait boosts oil sector security

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Kuwait said on Saturday that it had raised security at oil facilities in the emirate to maximum level after a deadly mosque bombing claimed by Daesh group.

Friday's suicide attack on a mosque in the capital used by members of Kuwait's Shiite minority killed 26 people and wounded 227, and was one of the deadliest in the emirate's history.

"Kuwait Petroleum Corp. and its subsidiaries have raised security measures to the maximum level following the terrorist bombing on Friday," the state-owned firm's spokesman Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Sabah said in a statement.

"All refineries, oilfields and oil sector operations have been placed under heightened security measures to maintain normal operations without being affected by the terrorist threat," he added.

Security at oil facilities had already been beefed up in March following the launch of a Saudi-led air campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen in which Kuwait has been taking part.

Police have detained several suspects for questioning in connection with Friday's bombing, the interior ministry said.

Sunni extremists loyal to Daesh have claimed several bombings of Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia and Yemen in recent months but Friday's was the first in Kuwait.

Shiite make up around a third of the emirate's population.

Oil is its main source of income accounting for around 90 percent of public revenues.

The OPEC member says it sits on around 10 percent of global reserves and pumps around 2.8 million barrels per day.
Source: AFP

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