Saudi Arabia detains over 500 terror suspects

June 25th, 2008 - 9:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Riyadh, June 25 (DPA) Saudi Arabia has arrested 520 terror suspects of different nationalities in security sweeps launched since the beginning of the year, an official from the Saudi interior ministry said Wednesday. A total of 701 people of different nationalities were arrested so far this year but 181 of them were later released and the rest is still in detention, an unnamed official was quoted as saying by the state press agency SPA.

The suspects were trying to secure funds using all means, even theft and deception, to sponsor terrorist activities in the country and abroad, the official said.

Saudi Arabia has been engulfed in a campaign of violence involving Al Qaeda militants since 2003. Hundreds of suspects have been arrested since then.

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