Kuwait foils al-Qaeda bomb plot


Kuwait said today it had foiled an al-Qaeda-linked plan to bomb a US army camp and other "important facilities" in the country.

An Interior Ministry statement said all six members of the cell had confessed after being arrested. It did not say if the targeted facilities included oil industry plants in Kuwait, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter.

"The state security has uncovered a terrorist network following al-Qaeda, and includes six (Kuwaiti) citizens who have planned to carry out a plan to bomb Arifjan Camp, the state security building and other important facilities," the ministry said.

Camp Arifjan is located south of Kuwait and serves as a staging ground for forces deploying in Iraq.

Kuwait, the launch pad for the 2003 US-led war on Iraq, remains a logistics base for the US army to support its troops in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda has waged attacks in the Gulf Arab state in recent years but a crackdown by governments in the region has succeeded in preventing fresh violence, such as bombings of foreign housing complexes and oil sites in several Gulf Arab states including Saudi Arabia.