Kuwait gives ISIS element life for terrorist attack

A Kuwaiti court on Sunday (June 11th) sentenced a professed member of the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) to life in prison for an attack on US troops in the emirate last year, AFP reported.

Egyptian Ibrahim Suleiman in October rammed his truck into a vehicle carrying three US soldiers, in what the US embassy described as a "terrorist attack".

The soldiers were unharmed but the driver was lightly wounded when his truck caught fire as a result of the collision.

Kuwaiti authorities said at the time that police found a handwritten note on Suleiman in which he pledged allegiance to ISIS. They also said that he was carrying suspected explosives.

Sunday's verdict against the 28-year-old is not final and will be reviewed by Kuwait's appeals and supreme courts.

The supreme court on Sunday also upheld a 20-year jail term against Fahad Farraj, reportedly the de facto head of ISIS in Kuwait and the ringleader of an eight-member convicted ISIS cell.

The court also upheld 15- and 10-year jail terms for the other seven members of the cell, five of whom are Kuwaiti citizens. The remaining three do not hold any citizenship.

The eight were convicted of fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq and of raising funds for the group.

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