Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

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Saudi Arabia has arrested 13 people who were planning attacks on the Kingdom, one day after four attackers were killed in a foiled plot. (Reuters)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives. (SPA)
Updated 23 April 2019

Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

  • Four attackers were killed in failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on Interior Ministry building in Zulfi
  • The Presidency of State Security released identities of the 4 attackers

RIYADH: Thirteen people were arrested after finding plans to execute criminal acts that were targeting the Kingdom’s security, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.
The statement published by SPA included the names of the 13 men arrested, in addition to their civil ID numbers.
The spokesperson for the Saudi Presidency of State Security said explosive belts were found during a raid on the house of the Zulfi attackers.
Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on an Interior Ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh on Sunday.
The four terrorists that were killed belonged to Daesh.
The Presidency of State Security released the identities of the four attackers: Abdullah Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Mansour, Samer Abdulaziz Al-Madid and Salman Abdulaziz Al-Madid.

Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, rented by Abdullah Al-Hamoud, one of the four perpetrators, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives and explosive belts.
A total of five explosive belts were found, four of which were worn by the perpetrators, and another inside a car. The belts contain detonating keys and grenades with shrapnel-like screws.

Authorities also seized 64 homemade grenades, 61 pipe fittings, of which nine were being processed as pipe bombs, three mobile phones, three pressure cookers ready for detonation, two Kalashnikov machine guns, six pistols, and other various weapons.
They also found four bags (74,900 kg) containing organic fertilizers, along with sets of laboratory glass containers, a number of plastic containers, a package of liquid chemical containers, sulfur-fiber cartons, a homemade explosive detonator and a set of screws that were equipped with shrapnel.
Authorities also seized a set of ATM cards, two national identity cards, SR 228, a number of publications and CD-ROMs with content related to terrorist organization.
The Presidency of State Security said it is continuing to follow up with terrorist elements that threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom.


Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

King Salman chairs the virtual meeting. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

  • King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom.

Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized.

Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there.

Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone.

The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them.

The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications.

Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms.

Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year.

Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah.

Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015.

The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.