Kuwait recaptures 12 members of Iran-backed cell

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

The ministry said in a statement that two more fugitives were being hunted down.

Twelve convicted members of a cell backed by Iran and Hizbollah have been arrested in Kuwait after they went on the run last month.

The supreme court in Kuwait in June overturned an acquittal by an appeals court and convicted 21 suspects of forming a terrorist cell with ties to Iran and "Hezbollah".

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

Kuwait has protested to Lebanon over the alleged training of the al-Abdali cell by "Hezbollah".

The convicts, members of Al Abdali cell, which was uncovered in 2015, were captured in different parts of the country, the interior ministry said.

Bassil and his counterpart discussed the official complaint that Kuwait had filed against the party's involvement in the cell, reported Lebanon's National News Agency.

Kuwaiti authorities have arrested 12 people convicted in absentia of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. The case spurred Kuwait to shutter the Iranian cultural mission and reduce the number of Iranian diplomats stationed there last month, deepening a rift between the Gulf Arab states and Tehran.

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