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KUWAIT, (Reuters) – Kuwait said on Tuesday it had foiled an al Qaeda-linked plan to bomb a U.S. Army camp and other “important facilities” in the OPEC oil exporting state.

An Interior Ministry statement said all six members of the al Qaeda-linked cell had confessed after being arrested. It did not say if the targeted facilities included oil industry plants in Kuwait, the world’s fourth-largest oil exporter.

“The state security has uncovered a terrorist network following al Qaeda, and includes six (Kuwaiti) citizens who have planned to carry out a plan to bomb Arifjan Camp, the state security building and other important facilities,” the ministry said.

Camp Arifjan is located south of Kuwait and serves as a staging ground for forces deploying in Iraq.

Kuwait, the launch pad for the 2003 U.S.-led war on Iraq which ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, remains a logistics base for the U.S. army to support its troops in Iraq.

Al Qaeda has waged attacks in the Gulf Arab state in recent years but a crackdown by governments in the region has succeeded in preventing fresh violence, such as bombings of foreign housing complexes and oil sites in several Gulf Arab states including Saudi Arabia.