Kuwait arrests Egyptian over failed attack against US soldiers

Published October 9th, 2016 - 08:30 GMT
A damaged garbage truck is seen after it rammed into another truck carrying five U.S. soldiers in Kuwait on Oct. 8, 2016. (Twitter)
A damaged garbage truck is seen after it rammed into another truck carrying five U.S. soldiers in Kuwait on Oct. 8, 2016. (Twitter)

An alleged member of the Daesh group has been arrested by Kuwaiti security forces following a botched attack on US soldiers.

According to the state news agency KUNA on Saturday, Egyptian national Ibrahim Suleiman was arrested after he rammed an explosives-laden garbage truck into a car carrying five US troops.

Reports note that none of the soldiers were injured, but the assailant suffered multiple injuries and was moved to hospital under a police escort.     

"After an initial investigation of the suspect Suleiman, who was born in 1988, by specialized security apparatus, a hand-written note was found indicating that he had adopted the terrorist Daesh ideology and pledged allegiance to this organization," said KUNA.

The agency also released a picture of the alleged assailant, noting that an explosive belt, which was found in his truck, suggested that “he was plotting a terrorist act."   

The arrest is the second of such in Kuwait in the last three months. In July, Kuwaiti security forces dismantled three Daesh cells that were preparing for attacks in the Persian Gulf state.  

In June 2015, a Daesh-linked Saudi attacker blew up a Shia mosque in the country, killing some 26 people.


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