WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Kuwaiti authorities say they have foiled an effort by al-Qaida to smuggle explosives from Iraq to attack U.S. forces in the Gulf kingdom.
The Middle East Newsline quoted anonymous Kuwaiti security sources as saying they seized a shipment of detonators last week concealed in a truck. The shipment was intercepted en route from Iraq at the Abdali border crossing point, the publication reported from Abu Dhabi.
The sources said al-Qaida operatives in neighboring Iraq sought to smuggle explosives and detonators into Kuwait to launch attacks against U.S. military forces there.
The official Kuwaiti KUNA news agency reported that Defense Minister Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah Monday visited the kingdom's border with Iraq to be briefed on new security measures being undertaken there, including new fencing, cameras and other "sophisticated monitoring frontier equipment;" and the construction of new border-crossing points and the expansion of existing ones.
"It is our country, so it is a holy duty to protect and safeguard it," al-Sabah said.