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US embassy in Kuwait issues warning after citizen stabbed

Embassy said it’s not aware of any specific, credible threats against US citizens

US embassy in Kuwait issues warning after citizen stabbed

The US embassy in Kuwait has issued a warning to citizens in Kuwait after an American man was stabbed and wounded last week.

The man’s injuries are not life-threatening, the embassy said in a message posted on its website. The man who assaulted him, in an attack in that took place in the costal town of Fintas, is in police custody, the embassy added.

While no motive was given for the attack, the security message from the embassy urged US citizens to be alert to a possible threat of attack by “extremists” in the country.

“The Embassy is not aware of specific, credible threats against US citizens. Nonetheless, US citizens residing in or visiting Kuwait should remain vigilant regarding their personal security,” the security message said.

“The Embassy takes this opportunity to remind US citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times. Extremists may attack in groups or alone, in planned actions or attacking targets of opportunity. Always exercise caution in places where US and Western citizens gather.”

Security concerns in Kuwait have become heightened since a suicide bomb attack on a mosque, which killed 26 worshippers. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.

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