Nearly 1,000 Saudis 'arrested for terror offences' since June

Source at Ministry of Interior also says 4,777 terrorists have been detained in prison since 2009
Nearly 1,000 Saudis 'arrested for terror offences' since June
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By Neil King
Tue 06 Oct 2015 03:02 PM

Nearly 1,000 Saudis have been arrested for terror related activities since June, according to a source in the kingdom’s Ministry of Interior.

Quoted in local media, the source said a total of 906 Saudi nationals have been arrested in the past four months, and that total 4,777 terrorists have been detained in the prisons of the General Investigation Directorate since 2009.

As well as those from Saudi Arabia, those held in the past six years include citizens of Yemen (306 suspects), Syria (135), Pakistan (43) and Egypt (35), added the source.

Also on the list were 23 Chadians and Eritreans, 15 Jordanians, 13 Indians, 11 Bahrainis, nine Ethiopians, seven Iraqis, six Sudanese, four Palestinians and three Somalis.

Suspects from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, China, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, America, Great Britain, France, and other Europeans and Western nations are also within the number.

The source says there are 23 detainees without identities, and that 15 suspects are still under investigation while the rest are under trial.

The revelation of the numbers comes on the back of the arrest of a Syrian man and a Filipina for involvement activities, announced by the Interior Ministry on Saturday.

Security agencies say they found a factory in the Al Fayhaa are of Riyadh that was capable of manufacturing explosive materials, vests and belts. They claim to have seized two explosive belts, a machine gun with three magazines and 88 rounds, two hard disk drives, and three cameras.

A second location in the capital was found to be a hideout for potential suicide bombers.

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