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American stabbed; US embassy warns citizens

KUWAIT: The US Embassy has confirmed that an American was stabbed yesterday in Fintas. His injuries are not life-threatening.

The man who assaulted him is in police custody. The Embassy is not aware of specific, credible threats against US citizens. Nonetheless, US citizens residing in or visiting Kuwait should remain vigilant regarding their personal security. According to a report, a Kuwaiti in his twenties stabbed an American five times at the beach walk lane and then went to Fintas police station – claiming that he exchanged blows with the victim.

The American was taken to hospital by a passerby, and was totally conscious when police went to see him in the hospital. The Embassy takes this opportunity to remind US citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times. Extremists may attack in groups or alone, in planned actions or attacking targets of opportunity.

Always exercise caution in places where US and Western citizens gather. The Embassy also recommends carrying a mobile phone at all times. Contact Kuwait Emergency Services at 112 if you need emergency assistance

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