More than 400 terror sus­pects are ar­rested

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - — As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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