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Kuwait arrests 12 over ties to Iran, Hezbollah

AFP  |  Kuwait City 

Kuwaiti authorities today arrested 12 convicted members of a "terrorist cell" with ties to and Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah after a weeks-long manhunt.

The interior ministry said the 12 had been captured in different areas across Kuwait. They had been on the run since their sentencing last month, while two other convicted Kuwaitis remained at large.


The supreme in Sunni-ruled Kuwait, which has a sizeable Shiite minority, in June overturned an acquittal by an appeals and convicted 21 Shiites of forming a "terrorist cell" with ties to and Hezbollah.

The cell had planned to launch attacks across the state, according to the verdict.

Kuwait has protested to Lebanon over the alleged training of the so-called "Abdali Cell" by Hezbollah, which has ministers in the Beirut

Last month, authorities expelled 15 Iranian diplomats and shut down the military, cultural and trade missions of the Iranian embassy over Tehran's backing of the "terrorist cell".

said the allegation is baseless.

Shiites account for around a third of Kuwait's native population of 1.35 million.

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First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 13:32 IST
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