Egyp­tian ar­rested after failed sui­cide at­tack on US sol­diers

Ex­plo­sives found in truck 5 GIs un­hurt

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Hanan Al-Saadoun

An Egyp­tian linked to the Is­lamic State group was ar­rested yes­ter­day after he tried to ram a truck into an­other ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing five Amer­i­can sol­diers in a failed sui­cide bomb­ing. The in­te­rior min­istry iden­ti­fied the at­tacker as Ibrahim Suleiman, born in 1988. It said he was driv­ing a clean­ing truck at the time of the at­tack, and suf­fered mul­ti­ple frac­tures and in­juries. The min­istry added the five US sol­diers were not in­jured.

Se­cu­rity sources said that the sus­pect was taken to hospi­tal un­der tight se­cu­rity. De­tec­tives found in his pos­ses­sion a hand-writ­ten let­ter pledg­ing al­le­giance to IS and adopt­ing its ide­ol­ogy. Ex­plo­sives in­clud­ing a sui­cide belt - were found in the truck, owned by a lo­cal con­tract­ing com­pany. Se­cu­rity bod­ies are in­ter­ro­gat­ing

Suleiman and con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions to un­cover the cir­cum­stances of the at­tack, in ad­di­tion to find­ing the sus­pect’s ac­com­plices and bring them to jus­tice, the min­istry said, re­it­er­at­ing com­mit­ment to pre­serv­ing the safety and se­cu­rity of Kuwait and Kuwaitis.

Kuwait is a stal­wart US ally fol­low­ing the 1991 Amer­i­can-led Gulf War that ended the Iraqi oc­cu­pa­tion. Po­lice have also vowed in­creased se­cu­rity ahead of the Shi­ite com­mem­o­ra­tion of Ashoura this week. Two Ira­ni­ans were ar­rested in re­cent days for tak­ing “sus­pi­cious” pho­tographs of hus­seiniyas. An IS-claimed sui­cide bomb­ing in 2015 tar­get­ing a Shi­ite mosque in Kuwait City killed 27 peo­ple and wounded scores.

— MoI

KUWAIT: The truck used by the sus­pect in the failed sui­cide at­tack (bot­tom left), the pickup car­ry­ing the US sol­diers (top left) and ex­plo­sives in­clud­ing a sui­cide belt (right) are seen yes­ter­day.

Ibrahim Suleiman

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