Kuwait strikes out at mil­i­tants

CHAR­ITY THAT RAISED FUNDS FOR SYR­I­ANS SHUT, AS 60 MORE ARE HELD FOR TERROR LINKS

Gulf News - - Front Page - IM­SAK 04:03 (Thurs­day)

Author­i­ties have de­tained 60 peo­ple and closed a char­ity over al­leged vi­o­la­tions in rais­ing funds

Kuwait’s in­te­rior min­is­ter said yesterday that the coun­try was at war with mil­i­tants and would strike out at cells in the coun­try. Daesh claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a sui­cide bomb­ing on Fri­day by a Saudi citizen on a mosque in Kuwait City which killed 27 wor­ship­pers.

“We are in a state of war. It’s a war that had been de­cided with this cell. But there are other cells, and we will not wait for them to try their luck with us,” In­te­rior Min­is­ter Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Al Khalid Al Sabah told par­lia­ment.

Author­i­ties has de­tained 60 peo­ple and closed a lo­cal char­ity for al­leged vi­o­la­tions in rais­ing funds for Syr­i­ans, lo­cal media said yesterday, as part of a crack­down on sus­pected mil­i­tant links af­ter the state’s worst ever sui­cide bomb­ing.

Kuwait has stepped up se­cu­rity af­ter a sui­cide bomber who flew in from Saudi Ara­bia blew him­self up in­side a mosque dur­ing Fri­day prayers, killing him­self and 26 other peo­ple. Kuwaiti of­fi­cials said the at­tack was aimed at stir­ring up sec­tar­ian strife in the coun­try.

Al Qabas news­pa­per quoted se­cu­rity sources as say­ing that 60 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Kuwaiti cit­i­zens and other Gulf na­tion­als, were be­ing held for in­ves­ti­ga­tion by se­cu­rity ser­vices.

Some had been found to have been in con­tact with Is­lamist mil­i­tants with oth­ers sus­pected of be­long­ing to “ex­trem­ist” groups, Al Qabas re­ported.

Ac­cused re­ceived funds

It also said that five peo­ple sus­pected of in­volve­ment in Fri­day’s mosque bomb­ing by Saudi na­tional Fahd Su­laiman Ab­dul Mohsin Al Qaba’a had been re­ferred to the public pros­e­cu­tor. The five, it said, had con­fessed to re­ceiv­ing fi­nan­cial trans­fers from abroad to carry out at­tacks tar­get­ing houses of wor­ship.

Al Qabas did not name them but Kuwait’s in­te­rior min­istry has said it had de­tained the driver of the ve­hi­cle that took Al Qaba’a to the mosque, the owner of the car and the owner of the house where the driver went to hide af­ter the at­tack.

Al Rai daily said the min­istry of labour per­ma­nently closed down the Fahd Al Ah­mad char­ity on Sun­day due to “re­peated vi­o­la­tions de­spite the warn­ings”.

Quot­ing a source at the min­istry, Al Rai said the min­istry had re­peat­edly asked the char­ity to com­ply with reg­u­la­tions stip­u­lat­ing that funds for Syr­i­ans be col­lected through of­fi­cial chan­nels.

Of­fi­cials from the char­ity were not im­me­di­ately avail­able to com­ment on the re­port.

AP

Height­ened se­cu­rity Spe­cial forces frisk visi­tors to the Grand Mosque where a con­do­lence meet­ing for the vic­tims of Fri­day’s terror at­tack was be­ing held.

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