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Thu 14 Aug 2008 07:23 AM

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Saudi families turn in five terror suspects

Relatives use Ministry of Interior hotline to alert authorities about the suspicious activities of loved ones.

The families of five Saudi men involved in terror activities reported their loved ones to local authorities using a telephone hotline, the Interior Ministry has announced.

The calls were received on the hotline number 990, which is operated by the Interior Ministry and is specifically aimed at people who want to report suspected terror-related activities.

A ministry statement said that a woman and four men called the hot line to turn in their relative, Arab News reported on Thursday.

"This illustrates the high level of awareness that has been achieved by the public," said Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki told the paper.

The men who turned in their sons reportedly told officials that their sons had left to join jihad.

The men were picked up at the airport of a neighboring country.

In one case, a woman turned in her husband, after she first went to a religious scholar who then informed the authorities.

The man had managed to leave the country to join jihad, but authorities claim they succeeded in convincing him to return. He is also currently undergoing rehabilitation.

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