Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saudi Arabia Says It Broke Up Planned IS Attacks; Arrested 431 Over Past Few Weeks for Terror Acts

Saudi Arabia said today (July 18, 2015) it broke up planned Islamic State (IS) attacks in the kingdom, announcing it has arrested over 400 people in its raids, according to the USA Today website.

In a statement today carried on the official state news agency, the Interior Ministry also accused those arrested over the "past few weeks" of conducting several attacks, including an Islamic State-claimed suicide bomb in May that killed 21 people in the village of al-Qudeeh, in the oil-rich eastern Qatif region. It was the deadliest militant assault in the kingdom in more than a decade.

The number arrested to date is 431, most of them citizens, in addition to participants from other nationalities.

Those arrested were also behind a number of militant websites used in recruiting, the ministry said.

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