Attack on stadium foiled in Saudi Arabia, government says
Al-Jawhara Football Stadium (Photo: arabic.sport360.com)
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Saudi security agencies have foiled a car-bombing attack on Al-Jawhara Football Stadium in Jeddah three weeks ago, and dismantled a new terror cell, the Ministry of Interior has announced.
In a press statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the ministry said the plotters were planning to detonate an explosive-land car in the stadium's parking lot during a football match between Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
It noted that police received credible information about the potential attack only days before the game.
Police were able to foil the planned attack and arrest four suspects: two Pakistanis, a Syrian and a Sudanese, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, the ministry also said it had arrested a terror cell comprising four Saudis based in the province of Shaqra in central Saudi Arabia.
The cell was monitoring security personnel in several areas and sending the collected information to the so-called Islamic State (IS) leaders in Syria.
It added that the terrorists were receiving operation instructions from the IS.