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KUWAIT, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The editor of a news website in Kuwait who has often criticised corruption in the Gulf state was wounded in an attack by an unidentified man, the website and a colleague said on Monday.
Zayed al-Zaid, editor-in-chief of Alaan (www.alaan.cc), was hit on the face with a metal object in the street after attending a seminar on transparency and corruption, the site said, showing photos of a bloodied Zaid after the incident late on Sunday.
"I don't think this is a personal attack. I think this is an organised political crime," said Dahem al-Qahtani, a journalist at the website. "He wrote about corruption cases."
Several members of Kuwait's parliament condemned the attack and suggested Zaid was assaulted over his writings, which often focus on government contracts which media and some parliamentarians have suggested were corrupt.
Such attacks are rare in Kuwait, which has a vibrant media and political culture. One of the world's biggest oil exporters, Kuwait has an elected parliament but power remains in the hands of the ruling Al Sabah family which dominates government. (Reporting by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Andrew Hammond)
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