Ministry of Interior: Terror Attacks Thwarted, 17 Arrested
The Ministry of Interior today announced the arrest of 17 suspects in three terror cells who were involved in past terror attacks and were plotting future attacks in Saudi Arabia. The terror cells constituted a terror network linked to Daesh (ISIL) and were arrested in an operation that included a series of raids conducted over several months.
Authorities seized pipe bombs, guns, ammunition, suicide vests and bomb-making materials in the raids. Ministry of Interior spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki said the terrorist cells had a list of targets that included civilians, religious scholars and security officers as well as the locations of military installations and economic targets. He said the suspects were found to have provided Daesh with media and electronic support.
The suspects arrested included 14 Saudis, a Yemeni, a Palestinian and an Egyptian. Those arrested were additionally accused of producing explosive belts and cans to be used during their operations, providing sanctuary to wanted individuals, supporting terrorists with money and weapons and moving them to Saudi Arabia, tracking targeted areas, providing electronic and media support for Daesh, and communicating with Daesh leaders.
The raids disrupted several ongoing operations by the cells, some of which were in the advanced stages of preparation, including: a planned attack targeting a member of Ministry of Defense in Riyadh by attaching a bomb to his car; an imminent attack targeting public security students in training by placing an explosive device at the entrance to the training facility; two planned suicide bombings using explosive-belts.
Those arrested also included individuals who provides material support to suicide bombers, including provided the explosies for the the attack on Al-Imam Al-Reda Mosque in Al-Mahasen District of Al-Ahsa Governorate on January 29, 2016 while worshipers were performing Friday Prayer; bombing a vehicle of a security officer in Riaydh on February 8, 2016; a failed attempt to blow up an oil pipeline on May 5, 2016; and harbaring the murdere of retired General Ahmed Fayea Asiri prior to coming his act on Feb. 15, 2016
The Ministry of Interior identified the terror suspects as:
1. Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Albanawi Asiri (Saudi national)
2. Osama Abdullah Sarsour (Palestinian national)
3. Ismail Saadi Albishri (Saudi national)
4. Hamad Abdullah Mohammed Almosa (Saudi national)
5. Khaled Mashaal Khaled Al-Otaibi (Saudi national)
6. Kholoud Mohamed Mansour Alrukaibi (Saudi national)
7. Khalid Ahmed Saad Almalik (Saudi national)
8. Sultan Bakhit Bandar Al-Otaibi (Saudi national)
9. Abdul Rahman Fares Amer Almarri (Yemeni national)
10. Abdullah Abdul Rahman Twairish Altwairish (Saudi national)
11. Abdullah Saleh Salman Alshammari (Saudi national)
12. Omar Abdu Abdel-Hamid Alzoghbi (Egyptian national)
13. Mohammad Fahd Mohammed Al-Qahtani (Saudi national)
14. Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Alahmari (Saudi national)
15. Nasser Mohammed Mansour Alrukaibi (Saudi national)
16. Naif Nafi Hakim Albishri (Saudi national)
17. Nassar Abdullah Mohammed Almosa (Saudi national)