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One arrested, two killed as Saudi police foil terror attack

The Interior Ministry said it had arrested one of the kingdom’s most wanted terrorists and revealed the identities of those killed in a foiled terror attack

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The Saudi interior ministry announced on Sunday that it had arrested one of the kingdom’s most wanted terrorists Oqab Al-Otaibi and revealed the identities of two others killed in a foiled terror attack in the southwestern Bisha province on Friday.

During a press conference, Ministry of Interior spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki said Otaibi had remained at large for some time for his involvement in the attack on worshippers at Al-Mustafa mosque in Al-Dalwa village on Nov. 3, 2014.

The spokesman also said two terror suspects were killed during a shootout with security forces in Bisha last Friday.

The casualties were identified as Abdulaziz Ahmed Muhammad Al-Bakri Al-Shihri, 35, and Yasir Ali Yousef Al-Hoodi, 22.

Al-Shihri was wanted for his part in a bomb attack at a mosque used by members of a the local emergency forces in Asir last August. The attack claimed the lives of 12 emergency security officers and three others who were employees at the site.

Al-Shihri was heavily armed at the time of the shootout and was laden with explosives which he carried and wore in a suicide belt.

Al-Houdi, who was an expert in explosives, was also involved in the killing of Brig. Gen. Kattab Al-Otaibi, the spokesman added.

Security forces also said they found arms, ammunition and cash from the possessions of the two suspects.