ABHA: Security, strategic and military expert retired Col. Ibrahim Al-Mari has described the arrest of Oqab Al-Otaibi and the killing of his companions as a strategic achievement for the Ministry of Interior and a heavy blow to elements of the Daesh terrorist group in Bisha governorate.
Al-Otaibi is accused of participating in a previous terrorist operation that targeted emergency forces at a mosque in Asir. Al-Mari said that this arrest has thwarted a criminal plot he was working on.
He added that this achievement should come as no great surprise since the Kingdom’s security apparatus is among the best in the world, and many countries in the region and the world seek its assistance in matters related to terrorism.
He said that Al-Otaibi’s arrest will provide a lot of information for security forces who are trying to bust extremist cells in the Kingdom. While these groups try not to link cells together, there will be information that will help provide security forces with pre-emptive abilities to pursue terrorist cells and recognize their methods of communication.
He said that technology currently being used can reveal the hiding places of terrorists. The security forces have found that some terrorists seek refugee in remote and mountainous areas thinking that they aren’t being monitored by the police.
Pictures of Al-Otaibi vary across media sources; sometimes he appears with a thick beard and hair and at other times he is seen clean-shaven. However, security forces factor in all changes of appearance and can recognize terrorists no matter how much they try to change their looks, he added.
Prior to carrying out his attack, Al-Otaibi chose not to detonate the explosives on his person as his nerves failed, so he turned himself in.
Iraq and Syria have become key places for extremist groups with more than 36 extremist and armed groups in total. It has therefore become necessary to solve the Syrian crisis and reinstate stability and security to these countries to eliminate terrorist organizations, Al-Mari said.
He said that Daesh will be eliminated when the Syrian crisis is solved, adding that it will not transfer its capital to Yemen because the allied operations in Al-Mukalla have made sure that no attempts will be made to find a safe haven in Yemen.
He pointed out that the Asir cell is collapsing with its members being arrested one by one.
Oqab Al-Otaibi has an intermediate school certificate, and left the Kingdom to go to Kuwait, Turkey, and thence Syria. He returned to the Kingdom and settled in Darma and got involved with Sweilim Al-Rowieli in the shooting incident in Al-Dalwa mosque and the bombing of the emergency forces mosque in Asir.
He received his training in terrorist operations while outside the Kingdom and upon his return, he played the role of mediator between Daesh leaders in Syria and other cells in the Kingdom.