Saudi Arabia foils ISIS-affiliated attack

An ISIS flag is seen near a barricade, which serves as protection from snipers of forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Yarmouk Street, the main street of Yarmouk camp. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia has foiled an operation masterminded by a “terrorist cell” which received its orders from militants in Syria Tuesday, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Mansur al-Turki said Friday.

The “terrorist operation” involved seven car bombings.

on April 8, Saudi police arrested suspect Yazid Mohammed Abu Nayan who admitted to killing two policemen at a checkpoint,” in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Turki said.

Information was gleaned from Abu Nayan, including text messages from three cell phones which indicate communication was made between him and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria. Videos of the attempted operation were also seen stored in the cell phones.

The spokesman said Abu Nayan “was hiding in a farm in Hirmaila [north of Riyadh]” when he was found.

However, Saudi authorities are still on the lookout for his alleged partner Nawaf Sharif al-Anzi whom he is said to have met with him about “two days ago, before the crime.”

Turki said Anzi now has one million riyal bounty placed on him.

Saudi authorities seized Belgian rifles and cash estimated to be around 4,000 riyals buried with more arms underground and explosive white powder.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45