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Fri Jul 29 12:15:58 SAST 2016

American stabbed in Kuwait, US warns citizens

AFP | 11 March, 2016 11:44
"His injuries are not life-threatening. The man who assaulted him is in police custody." File photo
Image by: Gallo Images/ Thinkstock

An American has been stabbed and wounded in Kuwait and the assailant arrested, the US embassy said, urging nationals to remain alert to the threat of attack by extremists.

"The embassy informs US citizens that a US citizen was stabbed on Thursday morning, March 10, in Fintas," a coastal town south of Kuwait City, a statement on its website said.

"His injuries are not life-threatening. The man who assaulted him is in police custody."

The embassy did not identify the victim and gave no information about the nationality or motive of his suspected attacker.

"The embassy is not aware of specific, credible threats against US citizens. Nonetheless, US citizens residing in or visiting Kuwait should remain vigilant regarding their personal security," the statement said.

"Extremists may attack in groups or alone, in planned actions or attacking targets of opportunity."

Kuwait, which neighbours both Iraq and Saudi Arabia, hosts several large US military bases.

In June last year, a suicide bomber killed 26 worshippers at a Shiite mosque in an attack claimed by the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group.

Sunni Muslims make up around two-thirds of the Gulf emirate's population. Shiites account for the other third.

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