The Kuwait News Agency is reporting that an attempted suicide bombing targeting American soldiers has occurred.
— Miriam Goldman Eps (@Miriam411) October 8, 2016
The Associated Press reports:
An Egyptian driving a garbage truck loaded with explosives and Islamic State papers rammed into a car carrying five U.S. soldiers in Kuwait on Saturday, injuring only himself in the attack, authorities said.
The attempted attack is the first in the stalwart U.S. ally to target American troops in the tiny, oil-rich emirate.
The state-run Kuwait News Agency identified the attacker as Ibrahim Sulaiman, born in 1988.
KUNA said the five soldiers were not injured. It said Sulaiman had multiple fractures and injuries.
AP also notes that American forces are stationed at Kuwait’s Camp Arifjan, and that the Shiite religious festival of Ashoura begins tomorrow.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of the Interior is circulating photographs of the suspect and the explosives/bomb materials found at the scene:
— وزارة الداخلية (@Moi_kuw) October 8, 2016
They have also posted this video (in Arabic):
Here is the garbage truck used by the would-be suicide bomber:
And the vehicle that the American soldiers were traveling in at the time of the attack: