149 ARRESTED IN SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia has arrested 149 suspects linked to Al Qaeda, who were planning attacks on government and security officials, as well as on journalists. Interior ministry spokesman, told reporters on Friday 11/26/2010.
“During the past eight months … 124 Saudis and the other 25 foreigners – have been arrested,” General Mansour al-Turki, said. They had links with Al Qaeda groups in Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan. The foreigners arrested included Africans and South Asians, and one woman was among the suspects, he said.
Their activities were spread across 19 cells in the early stages of formation that were dismantled by Saudi authorities.Documents and weapons to carry out the attacks were also uncovered, the interior ministry said, adding that the kingdom has contacted Interpol for the arrest of others linked to the plans.
“I see it as a continuation effort. It is not an isolated incident or special case. This is another chapter of the war that Saudi Arabia has launched against terrorist cells belonging to al-Qaeda” the spokesman said.
“They (Al Qaeda) are a fraction of the society that is being fought and targeted by the masses. It is no longer an elitist effort by the government…This is a popular effort by all Saudis. You will not meet many Saudis who will be sympathetic with or supportive of them in public or private anymore,” Turki said.
In March, the kingdom arrested 113 Al Qaeda members including alleged suicide bombers who it said had been planning attacks on energy facilities in the world’s top oil-exporting country (see – SA Arrests 03.24.10).
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