Egyptian arrested after failed suicide attack on US soldiers
Explosives found in truck 5 GIs unhurt
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.
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.