Saudi security officials arrest 54 terror suspects during Haj

The arrests were made during the first nine days of Haj amid unprecedented security, according to local media.
Saudi security officials arrest 54 terror suspects during Haj
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By Staff writer
Sun 18 Sep 2016 11:38 AM

Saudi security authorities have said they arrested 54 suspected terrorists during the first nine days of Haj.

The suspects include 29 Saudis and 13 Bahrainis, four Yemenis, two Syrian, one Iraqi, one Bruneian, three Pakistanis, one Sudanese, Saudi Gazette reported.

A Brunei national is the first man from the southeast Asian country to be arrested on charges of terrorism, the daily said. The security sources did not identify the man but said he was arrested in Riyadh without any resistance.

This Haj season saw unprecedented security while 1.8 million pilgrims ascended on the kingdom during its holiest month, the newspaper said.

More than 5,000 cameras were installed in across Makkah, covering a radius of about 10 kilometers around the Grand Mosque.

Dozens of soldiers also were deployed.

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