Aug 26, 2:40 AM EDT

Kuwaiti government employee arrested over IS online postings


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KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwait's Interior Ministry says a government employee has been arrested for spreading Islamic State ideology and hacking social media pages of "some friendly and sister countries."

The ministry identified the man arrested as Osman Zebn Naif, born in 1990, and said he confessed to being part of the Cyber Army of the Khilafah. That's a known group of hackers supporting the extremists in Iraq and Syria.

The ministry says it had monitored Naif for months and his statements led to the arrest of two people in Iraq and one in Jordan on Thursday night. It says he used his work computer for the hacking.

It wasn't clear Friday if Naif had a lawyer.

The ministry made the announcement late Thursday, without identifying which agency Naif worked for.

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