Kuwait arrests 'terror cell' convicts with Iran, Hezbollah ties

Kuwait recaptures 12 members of Iran-backed cell

Kuwait recaptures 12 members of Iran-backed cell

In June, Kuwait's Supreme Court overturned an acquittal by an appeals court and convicted 21 Shiite Muslims of forming an Iran and Hezbollah-backed "terrorist cell".

The ministry said in a statement that two more fugitives were being hunted down.

Authorities are still searching for two others convicted in the same case and still on the run, the statement added.

Kuwaiti security forces on Saturday arrested 12 fugitives convicted of terrorism, according to the interior ministry.

The apex court ruling said they were planning attacks across the Gulf state.

Weapons and ammunition seized by Kuwaiti authorities after their discovery of the al-Abdali cell in 2015.

Kuwait has protested to Lebanon over the alleged training of the al-Abdali cell by "Hezbollah".

Bassil and his counterpart discussed the official complaint that Kuwait had filed against the party's involvement in the cell, reported Lebanon's National News Agency.

Last month, Kuwait asked Iran to reduce the number of Iranian diplomats in its embassy and closed down the Iranian cultural mission in the country.

"Hezbollah did not form cells in Kuwait and it does not have any cells or members there", he said during his recent televised appearance.