2007 News Story

Interior Minister: Kingdom’s counterterrorism efforts remain ongoing

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz has praised the Kingdom’s security forces and said that efforts to eradicate terrorism remain ongoing. Prince Nayef made the remarks in an interview published today in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Riyadh.

The Ministry of Interior announced yesterday that it had arrested 172 militants and foiled a number of major terrorist plots.

In the interview, Prince Nayef said that more details would be provided about the suspects and their plots at a later date, including where some of the detainees obtained flight training.

He urged Saudi citizens to cooperate with security forces and report information about those suspected of being militants. Those who surrender themselves to the authorities will be treated justly, he said.

In related news, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Senior Ulema (Religious Scholars) Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Ashaikh said today that when some of the militants detained yesterday swore an oath to their leader, they violated the principle of loyalty to the Saudi ruler, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Islam prohibits swearing an oath of allegiance to another leader while the ruler of the nation remains in office, he added, calling the militants’ act “a great sin.” The mufti also urged militants to repent.