Kuwaiti authorities have arrested five men who are allegedly connected to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).
Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported that the five men admitted to police they received “courses about doctrine of the terrorist organization, its deviating thoughts, in addition to advanced training on using arms before taking in combat action in Syria and Iraq.” Authorities found “takfiri books, contents of which urge for fighting and carrying out terrorist acts,” along with ISIS flags, in the house of Fahad Hamad, one of the men.
Mubarak Malfi was a member of this cell, who died in Iraq. Mohammad Hamad and Faleh Nasser participated in combat with ISIS. Mohammed Falah was the one who “facilitated the others’ travel to Iraq.”
KUNA reported the Ministry of the Interior “vowed that it would spare no effort in clamping down, firmly, on any person who may try to undermine the homeland’s security. Pre-emptive precautions will be in force against any terrorist acts, and terrorists will be brought to justice.”
The cell is not linked to the June deadly mosque attack. Saudi national Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen bombed a Shiite mosque, which killed 26 people and wounded 227. It was the first mosque bombing to ever occur in the small country. Najd Province, the Saudi affiliate for ISIS, claimed responsibility.
A few days later, the Kuwaiti government declared war on ISIS.
“We are in a state of war,” announced Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah. “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.”
On July 7, Saudi and Kuwaiti authorities arrested three brothers involved in the bombing. The one in Kuwait was extradited to Saudi Arabia. Another brother was arrested after he participated in a shootout “that wounded two policemen.” The fourth brother resides with ISIS in Syria.