Pinay linked to IS arrested in Kuwait


A FILIPINO woman has been jailed in Kuwait for allegedly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State militant movement, local media reported Friday night.

Citing a statement from the Ministry of Interior, state-run Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) said the woman was accused of joining international terrorist network Daesh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and attempted to launch an attack.

The report said the local security forces monitored the email of the suspect where they discovered that she was in communication with the militant’s affiliate in Libya and was using a different name.

“The ministry said she confessed she was ready to carry out any terrorist attack once circumstances and means were ripe, in order to undermine security and stability in Kuwait, as well as ignoring (sic) sedition,” Kuna said.

The news agency published a photograph of the Filipina in a black abaya. It did not identify the woman but disclosed that she was born in 1984 and entered the Arab Gulf State in June as a housemaid.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday said it is still verifying the report.

“I have to verify this first with our embassy in Kuwait,” Charles Jose, assistant secretary and spokesperson of the DFA, said in a text message.

In 2015, at least 27 worshipers were killed and 227 were wounded in a Daesh attack at the Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait during the holy month of Ramadan.

Three attempted attacks were foiled by authorities last month, including a plot to blow up a Shiite mosque. Several suspected militants were arrested.


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