Saudi Arabia announces 149 al-Qaeda arrests in last eight months
Saturday, November 27, 2010
149 people have been arrested by Saudi Arabia over alleged al-Qaeda connections in the past eight months, it was announced yesterday. 2.24 million ( 400,000; 600,000) has been confiscated, as have weapons.
Mansour al-Turki of the interior ministry identified three wholly independent networks — all unaware of each other — and multiple smaller cells. "We have foiled about 10 attacks... I cannot say if oil installations were also targeted or not," he said, claiming al-Qaeda recruit within the nation, take people abroad to train and then send them back.
The announcement follows a similar one in March in which 113 were arrested over alleged attack plots against oil and security targets. Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil exporter. Authorities say targets of the newly-foiled attacks included officials and journalists.
- Summer Said. "Saudis Arrest 149 Al Qaeda Suspects" — , November 27, 2010
- Margaret Neighbour. "Saudi police arrest 149 suspected terrorists" — , November 27, 2010