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Saudis: Three Arrested In Hijack plot

Saudi security sources told CNN on Thursday that they have arrested three al Qaeda members, who were planning to hijack a passenger plane and crash it into a building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The announcement came as law enforcement agencies across the United States moved to tighten security after U.S. officials raised the nation’s threat level to orange, or high — the second-highest state of alert in the color-coded warning system. The al Qaeda suspects were arrested Monday evening in the Jeddah airport before they boarded a Saudia flight to Sudan, sources said. Saudia is the country’s national airline carrier. The men had knives and last testaments, or wills, on them when they were arrested, the sources said. The sources said the men were members of the same al Qaeda cell that carried out last week’s bombing attacks at three residential compounds in Riyadh but that they are not believed to be perpetrators of the attack. One of them was on the Saudi most-wanted list, sources said. Full Story

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