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22 June 2024

Saudi lists 47 wanted Qaeda suspects abroad


Saudi authorities announced on Sunday a list of 47 people wanted for suspected links to Al-Qaeda who are all abroad, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

"Authorities have identified 47 wanted Saudis who are abroad and who adopt the deviant ideology," the ministry said, using the kingdom's term for the Al-Qaeda terror network.

Saudi militants linked to Al-Qaeda launched a wave of attacks against Westerners and government installations between 2003 and 2006 before coming under a severe crackdown by the authorities.

Many are believed to be active in neighbouring Yemen after the merger of the Saudi and Yemeni Al-Qaeda front groups in the two countries under the banner of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, which is based in Yemen.