Kuwait announced the capture of twelve members of a terror cell linked to Hezbollah and Iran, who had been charged with planning attacks across the nation on Saturday.
The suspects had been captured in different parts of Kuwait, Agence France-Presse reported. They had been on the run for weeks since they escaped from custody after sentencing last month. Two other convicted Kuwaitis remain at large.
In June, Kuwait’s supreme court had reinstated the convictions of the men for plotting terror attacks, which had been overturned by a lower court.
Kuwait has protested to Lebanon, where Hezbollah effectively controls the government, of training the members of the “Abdali Cell.”
Last month, Kuwait expelled 15 Iranian diplomats and shut down the military, cultural, and trade missions associated with the Iranian embassy over their support for the terror cell.
Iran has denied any involvement.
In March of 2016, after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)—composed of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates—designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization, Kuwait expelled 60 Lebanese nationals for suspicion of ties to Hezbollah.
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