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400 arrests as Saudi Arabia targets Islamic State militants

Published 18/07/2015 | 15:17

Saudi Arabia branded Islamic State a terrorist organisation last year and has joined the US-led coalition targeting it in Syria and Iraq
Saudi Arabia branded Islamic State a terrorist organisation last year and has joined the US-led coalition targeting it in Syria and Iraq

Saudi Arabia says it has broken up planned Islamic State attacks and arrested more than 400 people in raids.

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The Interior Ministry accused those arrested over the "past few weeks" of conducting several attacks, including an Islamic State-claimed suicide bomb in May that killed 21 people in the village of al-Qudeeh, in the oil-rich eastern Qatif region.

It was the deadliest militant assault in the kingdom in more than a decade.

The ministry statement also blamed IS for the November shooting and killing of eight worshippers in the eastern village of al-Ahsa.

The statement said the arrested men were also behind another attack in late May, when a suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the car park of a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing four people.

The Interior Ministry said that in June it thwarted a suicide bomb attack on a large mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that can hold 3,000 worshippers, along with multiple planned attacks on other mosques and diplomatic and security bodies.

Those arrested were also behind a number of militant websites used in recruiting, the ministry said.

Saudi Arabia branded IS a terrorist organisation last year and has joined the US-led coalition targeting it in Syria and Iraq.

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