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Saudi Arabia arrests 46 terror suspects

Probe revealed the group supplied the explosive belt to a suicide bomber who blew himself up when security guards approached him

Saudi Arabia arrests 46 terror suspects
(Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi security forces have arrested 46 members of a terror cell responsible for twin suicide bombings on a police station outside the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on July 5, 2016, and an explosion at the parking lot of Dr Sulaiman Fakeeh Hospital in Jeddah.

Saudi Press Agency , SPA, quoted a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry as saying that the suspects included 32 Saudis and 14 of different Arab and foreign nationalities.

"Investigations are still being carried out to determine the role of each one," the spokesperson said.

The probe revealed that the group supplied the explosive belt to a suicide bomber who blew himself up when security guards approached him near the parking lot of a hospital in Jeddah. The attacker died along with four security men and five more were wounded.

The killing was approved by the overseas leaders of the group who were concerned the suspect would provide the police with details about their activities and plans.

The suspect was slaughtered and buried in a hole. However, the police in the course of the investigation exhumed the body and DNA tests proved he had been on the police wanted list that he was an expert of explosives.