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UPDATED: 09:03, December 28, 2005
Six al-Qaida linked militants sentenced to death by Kuwaiti court
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Six militants linked with the al-Qaida terror network were sentenced to death by a Kuwaiti court on Tuesday for deadly clashes with Kuwaiti security forces in January.

The six, three Kuwaitis and three bedouins without nationality, were members of the self-claimed "Peninsula Lions Brigades", a group believed to have links with the al-Qaida terror network.

They had confessed having links with al-Qaida and planning suicide attacks against U.S. military and Western citizens in Kuwait, according to the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Another Kuwaiti was sentenced by the Kuwaiti Criminal Court to life in prison and some of the remaining detained suspects received prison terms ranging between four months and 15 years, said the report.

The court has also acquitted seven others charged with terror links.

The condemned were among 37 Islamist militants who are accused of involving in four fierce clashes with Kuwaiti security forces in January, during which four security soldiers and nine militants were killed.

Eleven of the 37 suspects have remained at large.

Around 25,000 U.S. soldiers are currently stationed in Kuwait, which is used as a transit point for U.S.-led coalition troops heading for Iraq.

In addition, some 13,000 U.S. civilians live in Kuwait with about 9,000 Europeans and some 1,000 Australians.

Source: Xinhua


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