Saudis foil World Cup qual­i­fier bomb plot

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SAUDI au­thor­i­ties foiled a plot to bomb a foot­ball sta­dium dur­ing a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match and dis­man­tled two “ter­ror­ist” cells linked to the Is­lamic State.

The in­te­rior min­istry said that four sus­pects from each cell had been arrested.

One of the cells had planned to park a bomb-laden ve­hi­cle out­side AlJawhara Sta­dium in the Red Sea city of Jeddah dur­ing an Oc­to­ber 11 World Cup 2018 qual­i­fy­ing foot­ball match be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates, the min­istry said.

Its mem­bers were two Pak­ista­nis, a Syr­ian and a Su­danese.

The other group had been plot­ting at­tacks against se­cu­rity forces and had re­ceived or­ders from an IS leader in Syria, the min­istry said.

Its al­leged mem­bers were based in Shaqra, north­west of Riyadh, and are all Saudis. Six other Saudis were de­tained and were be­ing ques­tioned over al­leged links to the cell, it said.

Since late 2014, the IS has claimed a se­ries of bomb­ings and shoot­ings against Shi­ites in the Sunni-ma­jor­ity king­dom, as well against Saudi se­cu­rity forces.

In an­other state­ment, the in­te­rior min­istry pub­lished a list of nine sus­pects, eight Saudis and a Bahraini, wanted for their al­leged in­volve­ment in “ter­ror­ist” acts in the east­ern prov­inces of Qatif and Dam­mam, home to most of the king­dom’s Shi­ite mi­nor­ity pop­u­la­tion. –

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