Kuwait says uncovers Islamic State network
Kuwait has uncovered a network of Islamic State militants who fought in Iraq and Syria and detained several of its members, the interior ministry said on Thursday.
Kuwait: Kuwait has uncovered a network of Islamic State militants who fought in Iraq and Syria and detained several of its members, the interior ministry said on Thursday.
The group included five Kuwaitis, a ministry statement carried by the official KUNA state news agency said.
The individuals admitted receiving lessons in the "science of a terrorist organisation" and military training, the statement said. "They were involved in fighting operations in both Syria and Iraq."
The Gulf state launched a security crackdown on Islamist militants after a June 26 attack claimed by Islamic State, when a Saudi suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shi`ite Muslim mosque, killing 26 people.
The government declared itself at war with militants and said the bombing, Kuwait`s worst militant attack, was aimed at stoking sectarian strife in the majority Sunni state, where the two sects have traditionally co-existed in peace.
An interior ministry source told Reuters the individuals named in Thursday`s statement were not connected to the June 26 attack and it was being treated as a separate case.