Riyadh: Saudi authorities have reportedly foiled a “terror” plot by elements suspected of links to al Qaeda, and busted two extremist cells in Riyadh and Jeddah.
According to a statement by the Interior Ministry, the suspects were “in contact with the deviant organisation abroad,” a term usually used to refer to al Qaeda jihadist network.
A report by the state-run media said the suspects were working on ‘recruiting elements to execute criminal attacks targeting security forces, citizens and foreign residents, as well as public installations”.
According to Gulf News, the ministry said two Saudis and six Yemenis were arrested.
“Investigations revealed that those elements were at an advanced stage... including preparing explosives and testing them outside Riyadh,” the statement said.
The ministry statement said the first Saudi suspect turned out to be the head of the cell in Riyadh, and he gave “detailed information” that led to the arrest of the six Yemenis, who also confessed to taking part in the plot.
Investigations also led to a link with the other cell in the western city of Jeddah.