US Em­bassy con­firms troops came un­der ‘ter­ror’ at­tack

GIs pulled at­tacker from burn­ing truck

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KUWAIT: A col­li­sion be­tween a truck driven by an Egyp­tian and a ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing three US sol­diers in Kuwait was a “ter­ror­ist at­tack”, not an ac­ci­dent as first thought, the em­bassy con­firmed yes­ter­day. “US Em­bassy in Kuwait con­firms that what at first ap­peared to be a rou­tine traf­fic ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing three de­ployed US mil­i­tary per­son­nel... was in fact an at­tempted ter­ror­ist at­tack,” the mis­sion said in a state­ment posted on its web­site. The state­ment said the at­tack took place on Thurs­day and that the US sol­diers es­caped un­hurt.

The sol­diers also res­cued the Egyp­tian driver when his truck caught fire, it said. The Kuwaiti in­te­rior min­istry said on Satur­day that au­thor­i­ties ar­rested the Egyp­tian driver and found with him a hand­writ­ten note in which he had pledged al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State group. It also said that the driver, iden­ti­fied as Ibrahim Suleiman, 28, also car­ried a belt and ma­te­rial sus­pected of be­ing ex­plo­sives. The min­istry said the at­tack was on five Amer­i­cans with­out say­ing they were troops.

The US em­bassy said it was not aware of spe­cific, cred­i­ble threats against pri­vate US cit­i­zens in Kuwait at this time. But it warned that the at­tack serves as a re­minder to main­tain a high level of vig­i­lance, ad­vis­ing US cit­i­zens to re­view their per­sonal se­cu­rity plans and re­main alert. The em­bassy did not say where the troops were sta­tioned, but Amer­i­can forces are de­ployed to Kuwait’s Camp Arif­jan. Kuwaiti au­thor­i­ties an­nounced in July they had dis­man­tled three IS cells plot­ting at­tacks, in­clud­ing a sui­cide bomb­ing against a Shi­ite mosque and against an in­te­rior min­istry tar­get.— Agen­cies

BANGKOK: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is wel­comed by a se­nior ad­vi­sor at Thai­land’s Royal Court at Bangkok In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day. Sheikh Sabah will head Kuwait’s del­e­ga­tion at the sec­ond Asia Co­op­er­a­tion Di­a­logue (ACD) sum­mit in the Thai cap­i­tal. — KUNA

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