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Saudi Arabia Arrests Terror Suspects
From the Wall Street Journal of Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:38:41 EST

RIYADH—Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that it has arrested 135 suspects who were allegedly plotting to carry out terrorist attacks inside the kingdom.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said 40 of the suspects had joined terrorist organizations abroad, where they received training to use weapons “then return home to take actions that destabilize security.”

The majority of the arrested suspects are Saudi nationals; other nationalities include 16 Syrians and 3 Yemenis, the spokesman said. The rest come from Egypt, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Iraq, and person is stateless.

The announcement comes as the country steps up security measures to protect itself from attacks by Islamic State. The militant group has declared its intent to attack Saudi Arabia, which participated in U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the militant group in recent weeks.

The Saudi government said in November that the leader of an attack that targeted a small Shiite village in the oil-rich eastern region of Al Ahsa and killed eight people was connected to Islamic State.

Supporters of the militant group earlier this week posted an online video in which they claimed responsibility for shooting a Danish citizen in Riyadh, according to SITE Intelligence Group which tracks and verifies online activity of jihadists.

Write to Ahmed Al Omran at Ahmed.AlOmran.wsj.com@g.dowjones.com



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