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Paramedics rush a victim of a suicide bomb attack at Imam al-Sadeq Mosque, to the Amiri hospital in Al Sharq, Kuwait City, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Kuwaiti police have arrested a government employee accused of spreading ISIS’ ideology online, the interior ministry announced late Thursday.

The ministry identified the man as Othman Zain Nayef, a 26-year-old Kuwaiti national, who had “used his office and computer to spread the extremist ideology of ISIS.”

The ministry, quoted by state news agency KUNA, said he had allegedly confessed to being a member of the group’s “electronic army” and to having hacked official websites “in friendly and sister states.”

The ministry said it had monitored Nayef for months and his statements led to the arrest of two people in Iraq and one in Jordan.

It made the announcement, without identifying which agency the suspect worked for.

Kuwaiti authorities announced last month having dismantled three ISIS cells plotting attacks, including a suicide bombing against a mosque and hitting an interior ministry target.

An ISIS-linked suicide bomber killed 26 worshippers last year when he blew himself up in Imam al-Sadeq mosque, in the worst such attack in the Gulf state’s history.