Kuwait Arrests ‘Filipino ISIS Member’

Kuwait Arrests ‘Filipino ISIS Member’
Sat Aug 6, 2016 15:40:30

Kuwaiti authorities have arrested a Filipino accused of pledging allegiance to the Takfiri Daesh (ISIS / ISIL) terrorist group and planning to launch a terrorist attack in Kuwait.

Kuwait’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that the Southeast Asian woman, whose name it did not release even as it published her image, was born in 1984 and had entered the country last June as a house maid.

Security forces monitored one of her email accounts and discovered messages in which she had contacted a ISIS offshoot in Libya by means of “a fake name and nickname to evade recognition.”

“She confessed she was ready to carry out any terrorist attack once circumstances and means were ripe in order to undermine security and stability in Kuwait, as well as ignite sedition,” the statement published by the state-run Kuwait News Agency read.

It did not say, however, if the detained woman would receive legal counsel.

Early last month, Kuwaiti security forces dismantled three purported ISIS terrorist cells that were preparing to carry out terror attacks in the Arab state.

One of the detainees was identified as 18-year old Talal Raja, who allegedly confessed to planning an attack on a Shia mosque and a government building at the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

On June 26, 2015, at least 27 people lost their lives and nearly 230 others sustained injuries in a bomb attack that ripped through the Imam Sadiq (PBUH) Mosque in al-Sawabir, a busy residential and shopping district of Kuwait City.

Following the incident, the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said the attack was carried out by Saudi national Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba’a. The self-proclaimed ISIS-affiliated group, Najd Province, later claimed responsibility for the attack in Kuwait.

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