INTERACTIVE: Look back at history of terror attacks in Saudi Arabia

A security officer aims his gun at one of the extremists during the Jan. 7 operation Riyadh's al-Yasmeen neighborhood. (Screengrab)

Saudi forces were able to capture four extremists so far in 2017 during two operations that saw them foil planned attacks.

On January 7, ISIS-linked extremists Tayea Salem Yaslam al-Sayari and Talal Samran al-Saadi were killed during a shootout with police forces in the Riyadh neighborhood of Yasmeen.

Two weeks later, two extremists blew themselves up after security forces cornered them in the Harazat area of Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia faced a deadly year in 2016, with 1,147 people killed or injured in 128 attacks, according the spokesperson of the country’s interior ministry.

List of attacks in 2016:

January 29: A suicide bombing in the Ridha mosque in Ahsa resulted in the deaths of four people, including two security men and 18 wounded.

February 27: Exchanging fire in Qassim resulted in the death of one person

April 4: A detonation of an explosive device in Al-Kharj city resulted in the death of one person

April 6: Shootings in the city of Riyadh resulted in the death of one person

June 27: Fire exchange in Qatif fire resulted in the death of one person

July 4: A suicide bombing in the city of Madinah resulted in the deaths of four security men and injured five people. Another suicide bomber carried out an attack near an American diplomatic site in the western Saudi city of Jeddah. The bomber dies and injures two security officers.

August 15: A hit and run incident in the Asir region results in the death of one person

INTERACTIVE - Full list of all terror attacks in Saudi Arabia since 1979:

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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