37 killed amid Saudi crackdown on militants

Saudi Arabia arrested 431 suspects linked to ISIS, at least 190 accused of being involved in mosque attacks

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The Saudi interior ministry said Saturday some 37 people, including security forces and civilians, were killed as part of a crackdown in the kingdom on a cluster of cells linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

It said 37 people died during the crackdown and more than 120 were wounded from security forces and civilians.

Six “terrorist” militants were also killed, it added.

During a press conference held on Saturday, the ministry announced that it has arrested 431 suspects linked to ISIS, and at least 190 of them were accused of being involved in attacks on Shiite mosques in May, killing dozens of worshippers.

The statement said authorities have also seized documents, devices, communication tools, explosives and weapons that were smuggled into the kingdom.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the May explosion at a mosque in al-Qadeeh village east of the kingdom during Friday prayers, which killed 20 people. The bombing in al-Qadeeh in Qatif province also targeted Shiites to stir sectarian strife in the country.

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