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Kuwait names Saudi citizen as bomber in deadly Shiite mosque attack, says he flew in at dawn

  • This undated photo released by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, Sunday, June 28, 2015, shows Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa. Kuwaiti authorities on Sunday identified al-Gabbaa as a Saudi citizen who flew into the Gulf nation just hours before he blew himself in an attack on one of Kuwait’s oldest Shiite mosques during midday Friday prayers, that killed over two dozen people and wounded over 200. (AP Photo/KUNA)

    This undated photo released by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, Sunday, June 28, 2015, shows Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa. Kuwaiti authorities on Sunday identified al-Gabbaa as a Saudi citizen who flew into the Gulf nation just hours before he blew himself in an attack on one of Kuwait’s oldest Shiite mosques during midday Friday prayers, that killed over two dozen people and wounded over 200. (AP Photo/KUNA)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 photo, coffins draped with Kuwaiti flags belonging to victims of a suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque in Kuwait on Friday, arrive to Najaf Airport, for the funeral procession at the holy Shiite of Imam Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the 7th century Prophet Muhammad and the first Imam of the Shiites, in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

    In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 photo, coffins draped with Kuwaiti flags belonging to victims of a suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque in Kuwait on Friday, arrive to Najaf Airport, for the funeral procession at the holy Shiite of Imam Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the 7th century Prophet Muhammad and the first Imam of the Shiites, in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 photo, a coffin draped with a Kuwaiti flag belonging to a victim of a suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque in Kuwait on Friday, arrives to Najaf Airport, for the funeral procession, in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq. Kuwaiti authorities on Sunday identified the suicide bomber behind an attack on a Shiite mosque that killed more than two dozens as a Saudi citizen who flew into the Gulf nation just hours before he blew himself up. (AP Photo/ Jaber al-Helo)

    In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 photo, a coffin draped with a Kuwaiti flag belonging to a victim of a suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque in Kuwait on Friday, arrives to Najaf Airport, for the funeral procession, in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq. Kuwaiti authorities on Sunday identified the suicide bomber behind an attack on a Shiite mosque that killed more than two dozens as a Saudi citizen who flew into the Gulf nation just hours before he blew himself up. (AP Photo/ Jaber al-Helo)  (The Associated Press)

Kuwaiti authorities are identifying the suicide bomber behind Friday's attack on a Shiite mosque that killed 27 people as a Saudi citizen who flew into the Gulf nation just hours before he blew himself up.

The Interior Ministry on Sunday named the bomber as Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa and said he was born in 1992, making him 22 or 23 years old.

It said in a statement carried by the official Kuwait News Agency that he arrived on a flight to Kuwait International Airport at dawn Friday.

The ministry said earlier it arrested several suspects, including a Kuwaiti, in connection with the attack.

A local affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack during midday Friday prayers inside one of Kuwait's oldest Shiite mosques.