Al Arabiya is reporting that the Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia has “dismantled” a major terror plot with links to “elements” in Syria and Yemen. These elements included having “direct” contact with the ISIS or Islamist State of Iraq and Syria.
The Interior Ministry stated that the attacks were plotted against “government facilities and foreign interests”.
According to a ministry statement, 62 suspected members of the group – among them three foreigners; a Palestinian, a Yemeni and a Pakistani – were arrested.
Among the Saudi detainees, there are 35 who had previously been detained on security-related allegations and released, it said.
Members of the organization have “links with extremist elements in Syria and Yemen,” it said, adding that authorities are still hunting down 44 others whose names have been submitted to Interpol.
The tribal population of Saudi Arabia and Yemen have for a long time blamed the ruling family of Saudi Arabia as much as they blame the U.S. and Israel for the occupation and exportation of the Arab World.
After a wave of deadly al-Qaeda attacks in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, Saudi authorities cracked down on the local branch of the group founded by the late Osama bin Laden, himself Saudi-born.
Members of that group went on to merge with Yemeni militants to form al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen and seen as one of the network’s most formidable affiliates.
The government that original pushed to start civil war in Syria, is now getting its newest round of blowback.