Saudi bomb plot details revealed
Details of Saudi stadium plot emerge
Plans to plant a car bomb at a stadium in Jeddah were almost fully in place and attackers were just waiting for the “zero hour”, authorities have said.
The Saudi Ministry of Interior revealed on Sunday that militants plotted to bomb the Saudi Arabia vs UAE FIFA World Cup qualifying football match at the King Abdullah Sports City, also known as Al Jawhara Stadium, on October 11.
New details emerged yesterday as images were released of nine men wanted over the plot. Eight others have already been arrested.
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Al Turki told Arab News that an operational middleman in Syria identified the target to the militants, giving them the type of car they would use – a vehicle with a capacity to carry an estimated 400kg of explosives. “They had two options; target the stands during the game which would have resulted in a partial structural collapse and the number of victims would have been higher, or to carry out the blast while spectators were exiting the stadium,” Al Turki told the English-language newspaper.
The blast’s impact would have been felt up to 1.1km away, he said.
Arabic daily Asharq Al Awsat also quoted General Bassam Attiyah, an anti-terror expert from the ministry, as saying: “Roles were distributed and they only had to determine the zero hour to receive the booby trapped car to be used in the blasts.
“Such an operation would have caused material- istic and human losses, damage to entertainment locations and damage Saudi youths’ reputation.”
ON THE RUN: Pictures of the nine wanted men