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Kuwait arrests govt staffer for promoting ISIS online

PTI
Published Aug 26, 2016, 6:19 pm IST
Updated Aug 26, 2016, 6:20 pm IST
The government employee allegedly confessed to being a member of Islamic State's ‘electronic army’.
Kuwaiti authorities announced last month having dismantled three ISIS cells plotting attacks. (Representational image)
 Kuwaiti authorities announced last month having dismantled three ISIS cells plotting attacks. (Representational image)

Kuwait City: Kuwaiti police have arrested a government employee accused of spreading the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group's ideology online, the interior ministry said.

Othman Zain Nayef, a 26-year-old Kuwaiti national, had "used his office and computer to spread the extremist ideology of the so-called Daesh terrorist organisation", it said in a statement late Thursday, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

 

The ministry, quoted by state news agency KUNA, said he had allegedly confessed to being a member of the group's "electronic army" and to having hacked official websites "in friendly and sister states".

Kuwaiti authorities announced last month having dismantled three ISIS cells plotting attacks, including a suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque and hitting an interior ministry target.

An ISIS-linked suicide bomber killed 26 worshippers last year when he blew himself up in a mosque of Kuwait's Shiite minority, in the worst such attack in the Gulf state's history.

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Location: Kuwait, al-Asima, Kuwait




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