US soldiers who were targeted by would-be Egyptian terrorist in Kuwait save his life by getting him out of a burning vehicle
- Ibrahim Sulaiman, 28, identified by Kuwaiti authorities as Egyptian national who rammed his car into a truck carrying US troops
- US embassy in Kuwait says that the three soldiers escaped the incident unharmed
- American officials describe the incident as 'an attempted terrorist attack'
- Attacks against Americans in Kuwait are rare
Ibrahim Sulaiman, 28, was hospitalized after the car he used to ram into a truck carrying US soldiers caught fire
American soldiers rescued a would-be Egyptian terrorist who rammed his vehicle into their truck while they were driving along a Kuwaiti highway, causing it to catch fire.
The US embassy said on Sunday that the troops, who are deployed in Kuwait, were intentionally rammed into by the Egyptian in what officials are calling 'an attempted terrorist attack.'
While all three US troops in the truck escaped unharmed, the assailant suffered injuries and was rushed to hospital after being pulled from his burning garbage truck by the soldiers.
Kuwaiti authorities have identified the assailant as 28-year-old Ibrahim Sulaiman.
Kuwaiti authorities had earlier said five American soldiers were involved.
The Interior Ministry published pictures of the aftermath of the crash showing a wrecked garbage truck along with items it described as a suicide belt loaded with shrapnel.
The white pickup truck apparently carrying the soldiers had the left side of its bed smashed in.
The embassy did not say where the troops were stationed, but American forces are deployed to Kuwait's Camp Arifjan.
Terrorist attacks are rare in Kuwait, a US ally that was liberated during the 1991 American-led Gulf War following an invasion by neighboring Iraq.
Kuwaiti authorities released this image of a damaged garbage truck after it rammed into another truck carrying five US soldiers in Kuwait
The white pickup truck apparently carrying the soldiers had the left side of its bed smashed in
The embassy said it is not aware of any 'specific, credible threats' against American civilians in Kuwait, but it reminded those in the country to remain vigilant.
There are approximately 15,000 US soldiers in Kuwait, according to the 2015 figures released by the Heritage Foundation.
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