By Courtney Trenwith
Prosecutors say the 23, and 3 still at large, were ‘spying for Iran and Hezbollah to carry out aggressive acts’
Kuwait has arrested 22 citizens and an Iranian suspected of planning a terrorist attack within the state, prosecutors have said.
The 23 men were charged with “spying for Iran and Hezbollah to carry out aggressive acts against the State of Kuwait” by smuggling in and assembling explosives, as well as firearms ammunition and tapping devices, the public prosecutor said in a statement carried by state media service KUNA.
Three others still at large are also wanted.
The men were also charged with “carrying out acts that would undermine the unity and territorial integrity” of Kuwait, the statement said.
Twenty-two of the men are accused of receiving training on using explosives, arms and ammunition for the purpose of carrying out an attack.
Some are charged with joining the outlawed Hezbollah and attempting to recruit others with the aim to “undermine the foundations of the state and forcefully shake-up the social and economic system in the country”.
Prosecutors said the suspects were linked with a “terror cell” the Interior Ministry said it had busted last month while seizing large amounts of weapons, ammunition and explosives. Officials said at the time that three men had been arrested and confessed to joining an illegal group that local media reported was Hezbollah.
Kuwait also has in recent months arrested alleged members of ISIL, which claimed responsibility for an attack on a mosque in June that killed 26 people.
Security concerns have become heightened in Kuwait in recent months following the mosque attack, as well as several fatal attacks in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.