Saudi foiled plot to bomb football match
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