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Kuwait refers 26 to court after weapons bust, alleging 'furtive contacts' to Iran, Hezbollah

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KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait's public prosecutor says his office has referred 26 people to court on allegations that include illegal weapons possession, committing acts harmful to the country's unity, and having "furtive contacts" with Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

The official Kuwait News Agency cited a statement from prosecutor Dherar al-Asousi saying that the accused include 25 Kuwaitis and one Iranian. All but three of the suspects are in custody.

Kuwaiti security forces last month uncovered a large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives hidden deep underground at a farm, and arrested three Kuwaitis during the raid.

The public prosecution issued a gag order on information related to the incident after local newspapers linked the cell to Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group.

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