55 tons of explosives target Saudi Arabia in 17 years
A total of 208 people, including military and civilians, have died and 1,127 injured in the terrorist operations during the past 37 years
Jeddah — Saudi Arabia has been targeted with about 55 tons of explosives in the past 17 years, according to the official spokesman of the Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki.
He said 48 tons of the explosives were detonated before they were used while seven tons of explosives were used in the terrorist operations by terrorists from Al-Qaeda and ISIS and by other extremist groups.
The spokesman said investigations proved that the explosives were either smuggled into the Kingdom from outside or locally manufactured from materials to be used for civil purposes.
The quantities of the explosives were enough to make an equivalent of an earthquake which is 5.5 degrees magnitude on the Richter scale.
The ministry announced that it had confiscated explosives weighing 16.6 kg and explosive belts ready to explode weighing 7.52 kg with 17 members of three terrorist cells whose preemptive discovery was declared on Monday.
According to the ministry, a total of 208 people, including military and civilians, have died and 1,127 injured in the terrorist operations during the past 37 years.
The first terrorist operation in the Kingdom was carried out in the Grand Mosque on Nov. 20, 1979, in which 28 people died and 17 others injured and the last was in the eastern town of Qatif on Aug. 18, 2016, when one person killed in a gunfire.
Since Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in Iran in 1979, about 52 extremist operations were carried out in the Kingdom.
This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Sept. 22, 2016.