“Saudi forces detained more than 100 terror suspects, including some who officials say were plotting attacks on energy installations and military sites in the eastern oil-producing hub of the country.
Twelve people in two al-Qaeda cells, all of them Saudis except for one Yemeni, who were arrested were in the early stages of planning strikes in the Eastern Province, the official Saudi Press Agency announced today, citing an Interior Ministry statement.
Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter and holder of one-fifth of global reserves, faces a threat from al-Qaeda militants based across the border in Yemen. Last August, the group attempted to assassinate a top Saudi internal security official, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz.
Saudi forces arrested another 101 people, including 51 foreigners, who were plotting to attack ‘national facilities’ and security forces, the Interior Ministry said. They also seized weapons and ammunition. The foreign suspects were from Yemen, Somalia, Bangladesh and Eritrea, the ministry said.