Thursday, February 10, 2005

Accused Al-Qaeda Terrorist Dies in Kuwaiti Custody

The alleged leader of a Kuwaiti al-Qaeda terror cell captured in raids last month has died while in Kuwaiti custody.

From the Gulf Daily News
KUWAIT CITY: The leader of a terror cell died in custody of heart failure, the Kuwaiti interior ministry said yesterday as the emirate's security crackdown against "terrorists" was hailed by the US ambassador.

Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas said on its website that the suspect, leader of a group which allegedly plotted to kidnap US soldiers and other Westerners in Kuwait, was being questioned by prosecutors on Tuesday when he began to feel ill and was examined by doctors before he died on Tuesday night. Enezi, 29, was detained on January 31 along with five of his supporters after a nine-hour firefight with security forces.

The Kuwaiti Times doesn't carry a report of Enezi's death. This is the account from KUNA, the government-sponsored Kuwaiti News Agency.
KUWAIT, Feb 9 (KUNA) -- Amer Khulaif, one of the alleged leaders of a Kuwaiti terrorist cell who was captured in a raid last week died in detention Tuesday, a security source said.
- Spokesman of the Interior Ministry Lieutenant Colonel Adel Al-Hashash confirmed to KUNA today the death of one of the suspected leaders of the "Peninsula Lions" terrorist cell Amer Khulaif Al-Enezi.
Al-Enezi died last night due to heart and circulatory failure, the spokesman said. The suspect was suffering from respiratory problems and he was rushed to the Military Hospital where he died, Al-Hashash said.
Amer Khulaif Al-Enezi had surrendered during a raid by security forces in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Area last week in which one civilian and four militants were killed, three gunmen were wounded and another three surrendered.
Three security men were wounded during the operation, one of them died in hospital a few days later.
Expect loud and lugubrious protests from the left, and a call for canonization of Enezi.