More than 400 terror suspects are arrested
Saudi Arabia announced Saturday that it has broken up planned Islamic State attacks in the kingdom and arrested more than 400 suspects in an antiterrorism sweep.
The Saudi Interior Ministry accused those detained over the “past few weeks” of involvement in several attacks, including a suicide bombing in May that killed 22 people in the eastern village of al-Qudeeh. It was the deadliest militant assault in the kingdom in more than a decade.
It also blamed them for the November shooting and killing of eight worshipers in the eastern Saudi village of al-Ahsa, and for being behind an attack in late May when a suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing four.
The crackdown underscores a growing concern about the threat posed by the Islamic State group, which in addition to its operations in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for recent suicide bombings aimed at Shiites in the kingdom’s oil-rich east and in next-door Kuwait.