Friday, March 26, 2010

Al Qaeda Cells Busted in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, March 24: Saudi Arabia has broken up three cells of Al Qaeda militants that were planning attacks in the kingdom, including on its oil installations, according to the interior ministry.

One cell consisted of 101 people, and two smaller cells were made up of six men each. The large cell comprised 47 Saudis and 51 Yemenis, as well as a Somali, a Bangladeshi and an Eritrean, said a statement read out on state television on Wednesday. The two smaller groups were made up of 11 Saudis and a Yemeni. Arms, ammunition, computers, pre-paid telephone cards and unspecified documents were seized in the operation.

The large cell was discovered as the result of an investigation launched after suspected Al Qaeda militants tried to infiltrate the country in October with explosives. The two were killed in a shootout at the border and a third was arrested.—AFP

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