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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Arrests 208 Militants, Terror Financiers

Started by bamalli, December 03, 2007, 12:09:15 PM

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Kingdom Arrests 208 Militants, Terror Financiers

Saudi authorities yesterday announced the arrest of 208 terror suspects,
including 32 terror financiers and a 16-member media cell, adding that some
of the suspects had planned to attack oil installations in the Eastern

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the
arrests took place following pre-emptive operations carried out by security
forces over the last few months. He said the suspects had been influenced by
a deviant ideology.

"Security forces foiled an impending attack on a support oil facility in the
Eastern Province," the spokesman said, adding that an eight-member cell led
by an expatriate man was behind the plan.

The expatriate explained to police how he mobilized other militants to carry
out the attack after encouraging them to take part in suicide operations
inside and outside the Kingdom.

The arrested militants also included an 18-member cell, which had smuggled
eight missiles into the Kingdom in order to launch terrorist operations, the
Saudi Press Agency quoted the spokesman as saying. An infiltrator, who is an
expert in missile launching, headed the team, he added.

"There was a 22-member cell which formed a special team to assassinate
Islamic scholars and security officers," Al-Turki said. The assassination
move came after imams and khateebs across the country joined the fight
against terrorism and extremism. "As many as 112 suspects were arrested for
coordinating with foreign parties to facilitate the travel of militants to
disturbed regions," he said in reference to those that convince Saudis to
travel to Iraq in order to fight alongside insurgents.

Al-Turki said the arrested terror financiers included Saudis as well as
expatriates, adding that they had provided financial support to Al-Qaeda
militants in the Kingdom and abroad.

Speaking about the media cell that was operating in Madinah to promote
deviant ideologies and thoughts, he said the cell had provided militants
every encouragement to commit various crimes. The media cell published a
news bulletin named Sada Al-Rafidain (Echo of Iraq) and facilitated the
travel of militants to the war-torn country.

During the security operations police confiscated a number of means of
communication and documents, the spokesman said. Details of the confiscated
items will not be disclosed at present in order to protect public interest.
"Investigations made with the help of arrested militants have also led to
information about persons who have links with the militants," the spokesman

The Interior Ministry called upon Saudis who have been approached by deviant
ideologists to contact the nearest security agency if they are in the
Kingdom or the nearest Saudi mission abroad to clarify their stand. "This
will be taken into consideration when dealing with their cases," the
spokesman said.