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A “terrorist” cell linked to the Muslim Brotherhood movement has been dismantled in Kuwait and its members arrested, the Ministry of Interior of this small Gulf country announced on Friday.
The people “arrested are of Egyptian nationality and belong to the Muslim Brotherhood organization,” the ministry said in a statement quoted by the official news agency KUNA. They are accused of being part of a “terrorist cell”, the ministry said, adding that some people arrested have already been “sentenced for terrorism” to up to 15 years in prison by the Egyptian courts. Egypt has issued wanted notices for these people, according to the Kuwaiti ministry, which has not specified the number of people arrested on Friday. An investigation is ongoing, he added.
Since the dismissal in 2013 by the army of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in the wake of massive popular demonstrations, the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned and severely repressed in Egypt. The brotherhood is thus considered as a “terrorist” organization by Cairo and its allies, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Muslim Brotherhood is not prohibited in Kuwait.