KUWAIT CITY (Reuters) - Suspected Islamic State militants arrested in Kuwait and the Philippines were planning to carry out bombings against U.S. military forces in Kuwait, the Gulf country’s al-Rai newspaper reported on Monday.
The suspects were also plotting a suicide attack on a hussainiya, or Shi‘ite Muslim meeting hall, said al-Rai, which has close ties to the security services.
Philippine security forces arrested a Kuwaiti and a Syrian for suspected links to Islamic State on March 25, three months after they arrived in Manila.
Al-Rai said Kuwaiti security forces also arrested a Syrian chemistry teacher suspected of involvement with the plots.
A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait referred queries to Kuwaiti authorities. Kuwaiti security officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kuwait, home to several U.S. military bases, suffered its deadliest militant attack in decades when a Saudi suicide bomber blew himself up inside a packed Shi‘ite mosque in June 2015, killing 27 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility.
Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy Writing by Katie Paul; Editing by Janet Lawrence