2007 News Story

Saudi TV airs confessions by militants plotting to raid a Jeddah prison

Eight Al-Qaeda militants, including five Saudis, two Chadians and one Egyptian, have confessed to plotting to storm the Ruwais Prison in Jeddah in order to free fellow Al-Qaeda members, the Arab News reported today. The eight militants were part of the Khalediya Apartment terror cell in Makkah.

Saudi TV's Channel One aired the confessions of the eight militants last night during a program entitled "Shaqqat (Apartment) Khalediya," which was produced in partnership with the Interior Ministry to educate citizens about terrorist organizations and their supporters.

Last week, Saudi TV aired a similar program in which two terror suspects confessed that Al-Qaeda had plans to carry out terrorist operations on oil acilities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

At the end of April, Saudi authorities arrested 172 militants from seven terrorist cells in a month-long operation.  The Ministry of Interior announced at the time that the detained militants planned to carry out terrorist plots including suicide attacks on public figures, oil installations and refineries, as well as military bases in Saudi Arabia and abroad, the Ministry said. Some of the militants had received flight training in preparation for attacks in the Kingdom.