Saudi foiled plot to bomb foot­ball match

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Saudi Ara­bia last night said it broke up two mil­i­tant plots in re­cent weeks, one with ISIS mil­i­tants try­ing to kill po­lice of­fi­cers and the sec­ond in­volv­ing park­ing a car bomb at a FIFA World Cup qual­i­fier be­tween Saudi and the UAE, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. The two dis­rupted plots an­nounced by the In­te­rior Min­istry come as the king­dom grap­ples with a lo­cal ISIS af­fil­i­ate. The first plot, by a group in Saudi Ara­bia’s cen­tral Shaqraa prov­ince, aimed to kill po­lice of­fi­cers, the coun­try's In­te­rior Min­istry said in a state­ment car­ried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. It said four Saudis who re­ceived in­struc­tions from an ISIS leader in Syria were ar­rested be­fore they could carry out the plan. The sec­ond plot in­volved a group of mil­i­tants who planned to plant a car bomb at the foot­ball match be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE at a sta­dium in Jed­dah. The min­istry said two Pak­ista­nis, a Syr­ian and a Su­danese na­tional were ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 10, the day be­fore the fix­ture be­tween the two sides was to be played. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear if the sec­ond plot in­volved ISIS as well. Sep­a­rately, the In­te­rior Min­istry iden­ti­fied eight Saudis and one Bahraini it wanted for at­tacks on se­cu­rity forces and sab­o­tage in the king­dom’s east. The area has seen a se­ries of shoot­ings tar­get­ing po­lice in the wake of the king­dom’s Jan­uary execution of a prom­i­nent Shi­ite cleric. The mil­i­tant threat in the king­dom is the most se­ri­ous it has faced an Al Qaeda in­sur­gency over a decade ago, AP re­ported.

PLOT: Four men planned to bomb King Ab­dul­lah Sports City Sta­dium in Jed­dah, when Saudi and UAE met on Oc­to­ber 11

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