Saudi bomb plot de­tails re­vealed

De­tails of Saudi sta­dium plot emerge

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­mail@7days.ae

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.”

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