Saudi Arabia arrests 28 Al Qaeda men for ‘terror plot’

March 4th, 2008 - 12:25 am ICT by admin  

Riyadh, March 3 (DPA) Saudi Arabia’s ministry of the interior arrested 28 suspects for planning terror attacks and seeking to recruit youths and rebuild Al Qaeda’s local cells, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said Monday. The suspects were among 56 people arrested in anti-Al Qaeda security sweeps in recent months, the broadcaster quoted the ministry as saying.

The suspects, including a Yemeni and a Sudanese, were seeking to raise money in the oil-rich kingdom by using a recording of Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, the ministry said.

A man was arrested in Makkah with a mobile phone on which al-Zawahri’s message was recorded.

In December 2007, at least 28 terror suspects were arrested in security raids across the country on suspicion of plotting terror attacks during the Muslim pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia has seen a wave of terror attacks by Al Qaeda loyalists since 2003.

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