Massoud A. Derhally and Zainab Fattah
November 26, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Saudi Arabian security forces detained 149 people over the past eight months suspected of links with al-Qaeda, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki said.
The arrests foiled about 10 planned attacks, including on government and military targets and officials and media personalities, al-Turki told a televised press conference in Riyadh today. The investigation is ongoing and itâ€™s too early to determine whether oil installations were also targeted, he said.
Saudi Arabia, the worldâ€™s largest oil supplier, stepped up operations against al-Qaeda in 2004 after militants struck an oil installation and stormed a housing complex in the city of al-Khobar, killing 22 foreign workers. Many al-Qaeda fighters seeking to escape the crackdown fled across the border to Yemen, the source of several recent attempted bombings by the group.