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02 December 2023

Saudis arrest 431 Daesh suspects

In this May 29, 2015 still file image taken from video provided by Saudi TV, burnt out cars are seen as investigators collect evidence, in the aftermath of a suicide bomb outside the Imam Hussein mosque in the port city of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced that it broke up planned Dsesh attacks in the kingdom. (Saudi Television via AP, File)

By Wam

Saudi Arabia has arrested 431 people suspected of belonging to Daesh cells and thwarted attacks on mosques, security forces and a diplomatic mission, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

The announcement came after a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near the kingdom's highest security prison on Thursday, killing the driver and wounding two security officials in an attack claimed by Daesh.

"The number arrested to date is 431, most of them citizens, in addition to participants from other nationalities.

“Six successive suicide operations which targeted mosques in the Eastern province on every Friday timed with assassinations of security men were thwarted," the interior ministry statement posted on the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

Terrorist plots to target a diplomatic mission, security and government facilities in Sharurah province and the assassination of security men were thwarted," it said.