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Saudi Arabia foils ISIS attempt to attack defense ministry

Saudi Arabia has said that attempts by ISIS militants to attack the defense ministry have been foiled, the kingdom's Presidency of State Security confirmed to Al Arabiya News Channel on Monday.

Two Yemeni nationals named Ahmed Yasser al-Kaldi and Ammar Ali Mohammed were arrested for plotting attacks targeting two headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in Riyadh.

Below is a full translated statement from the Presidency of State Security regarding the ongoing investigation into the plots:

First: The arrest of the suicide bombers, Ahmed Yaser al-Kaldi and Ammar Ali Muhammad, before they reached the target location, neutralizing their danger and controlling them by the security men. The initial investigations revealed that they were of Yemeni nationality and their names differed from those recorded by the identity evidence that was seized.

Two other Saudi nationals were also arrested and their relationship with the above-mentioned suicide bombers was confirmed who tried to provide assistance. The investigation's interest would require anonymity at the moment.

Two explosive belts (each weighing 7 kg), and nine homemade grenades, firearms and white weapons were seized.

Second: Two explosive belts (each weighing 7 kg), and nine homemade grenades, firearms and white weapons were seized.

Third: Raid conducted on a safe house in Al-Rimal neighborhood of Riyadh where a suicide bomber was trained at in how to wear explosive belts using them during an attack.

Raid conducted on a safe house in Al-Rimal neighborhood of Riyadh.

The investigations into the plots are continuing in this case and the detainees are being held to cover all the details of this terrorist plot. More will be announced at a later time.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 12 September 2017 KSA 01:04 - GMT 22:04
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