Kuwait bombing: 7.6 lakh Indians told to up their guard
Officials in the Ministry of External Affairs informed OneIndia that there is nothing to suggest that Indians will be singled out and the advisory is general in nature.
The Mosque bombing in Kuwait claimed the lives of two Indians too which prompted the Indian government to issue the advisory. The official said that the situation in Kuwait is tense following the bombing and hence safety and security measures by Indians need to be taken.
No cause for panic:
The Indian government has however made it clear that there is no cause for panic for the 7.6 lakh Indians living in Kuwait. There is nothing to suggest that Indians who are the second
Largest expatriate community after Egyptians living in Kuwait will be singled out. Groups such as the ISIS will look to carry out more attacks and hence the advisory is being issued.
Meanwhile the Indian Mission in Kuwait has also issued an advisory to all Indians to take pracautions in the wake of this bomb blast. Indians have been advised not to venture out too late in the night and also be in groups.
The beginning of the war:
The Kuwait bombing is just the beginning of a war launched by the ISIS against the Shias. It is a similar agenda that the ISIS has launched in Kuwait like it did in Iraq and Syria. The target have been the Shias and this bombing at the Mosque was aimed at doing just that.
Kuwait has by and large been untouched by Islamic terrorism in the recent years. The Mosque attack is the biggest in recent times and signals the beginning of an ISIS vs Shia battle, Indian security experts would point out. The target, the Imam Sadiq mosque is visited by Shia Muslims and this place was chosen by the ISIS.
This attack also signals the desire of the ISIS to expand its base. With a large amount of control over Iraq and Syria, it was quite obvious that they would try and spread their tentacles in Kuwait as well.
They made the classic start to their operations and targeted the Shia community which is an emotive issue.
Further the investigations that were conducted in Kuwait also showed that the ISIS was well prepared. The bomber a Saudi national had no trouble what so ever carrying out the strike which also suggests that there a well oiled network to guide him was already in place.
The last instance of extremism was witnessed in 2005 when an al-Qaeda linked group called the Peninsula Lions had clashed with Kuwaiti forces in which 13 persons (nine militants and four security personnel) lost their lives.