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Saudis Arrest More Than 100 Suspected Al-Qaida Terrorists

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Saudis Arrest More Than 100 Suspected Al-Qaida Terrorists

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Saudis Arrest More Than 100 Suspected Al-Qaida Terrorists

"Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it has foiled several planned attacks on oil installations with the arrests of 113 suspected al-Qaida militants in a months-long sweep," the Associated Press writes.

According to the BBC, "the interior ministry said 58 Saudis and 55 foreigners in three independent groups were planning to target oil facilities and security forces. The groups had links to an al-Qaida affiliate based in neighboring Yemen, an interior ministry spokesman said."

From Riyadh, Kelly McEvers reports for NPR that the foreigners come from "Yemen, Bangladesh, Eritrea and Somalia" and were rounded up "in the southern part of Saudi Arabia that borders Yemen." Authorities also said they seized explosive belts, she reports.

In recent years, Kelly adds, Saudi Arabia has arrested and convicted hundreds of militants:

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