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Kuwaiti security forces gather in Kuwait City on June 26, 2015. AFP

Kuwait-Security agencies have carried out three pre-emptive operations in Kuwait and abroad that led to derailing a number of ISIS plots targeting Kuwait and arresting several ISIS members, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior.

In the first operation, the security agencies arrested ISIS member Talal Naif Raja, a Kuwaiti national born in 1998, who was planning to carry out several terrorist bombing operations against a Jaafari mosque in Hawali Governorate and a Ministry of Interior’s facility.

After his arrest, Raja provided detailed information to the security agencies about his plots.

He admitted that he has sworn allegiance to ISIS and has received instructions from an ISIS leading figure abroad and planned to execute the scheme at the end of the holy month of Ramadan or during the first days of Eid al-Fitr.

Raja noted that he was ordered to come in person or send a young recruit, unknown to security people, to receive the explosive belt, other explosives or to purchase a rifle or machine gun to use in the terrorist operations in Kuwait

In the second operation, the security agencies managed to arrest abroad and bring back home terrorist Ali Mohammad Omar, a Kuwaiti national born in 1988, his terrorist mother Hessa Abdullah Mohammad, a Kuwaiti national born in 1964, and his son from a Syrian wife.

After repeated attempts, the Kuwaiti security agencies succeeded in busting them and bringing them back despite the intensity of the terrorist operations in the area on the Syrian-Iraqi border, the statement said.

Omar confessed that he has joined ISIS upon incitement from his mother who also incited his older brother Abdullah, a Kuwaiti national born in 1991, to join the terrorist group.

He added that his brother Abdullah was killed in terrorist battles in Iraq.

He unveiled that he left Britain, where he was studying petroleum engineering, after the death of his brother Abdullah and traveled along with his mother to Raqqa in Syria where they joined the terrorist group.

He added that the group assigned him to be in charge of operating oil and gas fields there and his mother was educating ISIS members’ wives and children and inciting them psychologically and ideologically.

The statement pointed out that the arrested terrorists had admitted that they have supervised and offered the logistical support to several terrorist operations.

In the third operation, the security agencies busted a four-member ISIS cell in Kuwait.

The statement noted that three of the cell members were arrested, two nationals, namely Mubarak Fahad Mubarak, born in 1994 and Abdullah Mubarak Mohammad, who was born in 1992, in addition to two others, an Asia and a Gulf national.

It disclosed that security investigators have received information that the first defendant Mubarak was hiding a metal box in a small farm in Al-Wafra area, southernmost of Kuwait, that belongs to the second defendant Mohammad. It added that the box was later moved to several other farms in the same area.

After raiding the cell, the security forces found two Kalashnikov machineguns, ammunitions and an ISIS flag in the box.

The arrested terrorists admitted that the Gulf national has brought the ISIS flag to the box of the weapons and admitted their role in the plot.

The Ministry said that the arrested terrorists in the three operations were referred to relevant authorities.