Saudi Arabia arrests al Qaeda members
Saudi Arabia has detained a number of Saudis and foreigners linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network who were planning terror attacks in the kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency said Tuesday.
It said they were targeting a number of "vital" installations and were planning to use explosives and surface-to-air missiles.
The agency, quoting an unidentified source at the Interior Ministry, said Tuesday that six Saudis and a Sudanese citizen were arrested several months ago.
The Sudanese hid with the help of another group that included five Saudis and an Iraqi who later smuggled him outside the country. The second group also was arrested.
On Sunday, the Sudanese government announced it had handed over for trial in Saudi Arabia a Sudanese man who claimed to have fired a surface-to-air missile at a U.S. warplane at a Saudi air base. That Sudanese suspect appears to be the same man referred to in Tuesday's Saudi Press Agency report.
Sudan's Interior Ministry had said in a statement that the man admitted firing a missile at a plane taking off from Prince Sultan Air Base, south of the Saudi capital of Riyadh. (Albawaba.com)
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