One of the two foreign citizens arrested during a raid on an illegal explosives factory in Saudi Arabia on Saturday was wearing a suicide vest at the time, an official has said.
A Syrian man, Yaser Mohammed Al Barazi, was arrested along with a Filipino woman accused of helping him to prepare attacks.
Saudi Gazette quoted an anonymous spokesman from the Saudi Ministry of Interior as saying: “[The Filipina] would wear an explosive vest when the Syrian man was out of the house to threaten any intruders.”
Two explosive belts and bomb-making equipment were found in the raid on Al Barazi’s home in the Al Fayhaa district of Riyadh.
It reportedly took security forces 12 hours to defuse the explosive devices and secure the premises.
The newspaper identified Al Barazi’s alleged accomplice as Filipina Lady Gioi Aban Bali Nang. Al Barrazi is believed to have forced her to live with him after she ran away from her sponsor at least 15 months ago.
The Interior Minstry spokesman reportedly said: “She helped Al Barazi in assembling the explosive devices and sewing suicide vests.
“The house was booby-trapped and explosive devises were planted inside and outside.”
Following the arrest, the ministry did not provide any details about the suspects' affiliation, other than to say they were part of a “deviant group”.
Another location, thought to be a staging post for suicide bombers in the Al Jazirah district, was also raided but nothing was found there.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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