Saudi Arabia foils ISIS plot targeting defense ministry


Saudi security forces have foiled a terror plot by ISIS terrorists targeting the Saudi Ministry of Defense, the Saudi Presidency of State Security said on Tuesday.

A source from the State Security said a security operation resulted in the capture of two suspected suicide bombers identified as Ahmed Al-Kaldi and Ammar Mohammad, before they could reach their targets.

Initial investigation showed that they are both Yemeni nationals living in Saudi Arabia under fake names.

Two Saudi nationals were also arrested and they are being investigated for possible involvement with the two Yemeni suicide bombers. 

The names of the Saudi nationals have not been released pending further investigations.

The security operation also resulted in the seizure of two explosive belts, each weighing seven kilograms, as well as nine hand grenades and other weapons.

A training site of the terrorists was also discovered in Al-Rimal neighbourhood in Riyadh, State Security said.

The presidency also announced the capture of an intelligence cell consisting of a number Saudi and non-Saudi men “working with foreign agencies against the security of the Kingdom in order to stir discord and strife amongst people.”

Last Modified: 09 12 2017 05:50 PM

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