Saudi Arabia arrests 135 terror suspects
Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman, Major General Mansour al-Turki. (Photo: AFP)
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Saudi Arabia has detained 135 people whom it has accused of planning to carry out terrorist activities and destabilizing the country’s security, the Saudi Interior Ministry says.
Interior Ministry spokesman, Major General Mansour al-Turki, announced the arrests on Sunday.
“The security forces were able to pursue these terrorist suspects, who differ ideologically but are united through terrorism. This resulted in the arrest of 135 terrorists,” al-Turki added.
The spokesman said although most of those arrested were Saudi nationals, 26 of them were foreigners.
The official Saudi Press Agency cited al-Turki as saying that the foreign nationals included 16 Syrians, three Yemenis, as well as nationals from Lebanon, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Iraq.
Of those detained, 40 are accused of being involved in training and joining radical organizations abroad and planning to return to the kingdom to carry out attacks.
The ministry added that about 54 others were implicated in the “financing, recruitment, propaganda and manufacture of explosives...in aid of extremist groups.”
Nearly 20 of the suspects were also accused of being linked to unrest and armed attacks on security forces in Eastern Province’s village of Awamiya, where clashes have been going on between security forces and anti-government protesters.
The arrests come as reports say Riyadh and a number of its allies have been financing and supporting Takfiri terrorists fighting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad since 2011.