The Saudi dailies are reporting on the arrests by security authorities on Wednesday [See Saudis Foil Terrorist Attacks]. The Arab News points out that enhanced cooperation by religious personnel played a role in identifying ‘deviants’. There are still no details about the financiers who were arrested, so we don’t know if these are big fish or little fish. It is interesting to see that those involved in the online terror propaganda effort were also involved in getting Saudis into Iraq.
Kingdom Arrests 208 Militants, Terror Financiers
P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News
JEDDAH, 29 November 2007 â€” Saudi authorities yesterday announced the arrest of 208 terror suspects, including 32 terror financiers and a 16-member media cell, adding that some of the suspects had planned to attack oil installations in the Eastern Province.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the arrests took place following pre-emptive operations carried out by security forces over the last few months. He said the suspects had been influenced by a deviant ideology.
â€œSecurity forces foiled an impending attack on a support oil facility in the Eastern Province,â€ the spokesman said, adding that an eight-member cell led by an expatriate man was behind the plan.
… â€œThere was a 22-member cell which formed a special team to assassinate Islamic scholars and security officers,â€ Al-Turki said. The assassination move came after imams and khateebs across the country joined the fight against terrorism and extremism. â€œAs many as 112 suspects were arrested for coordinating with foreign parties to facilitate the travel of militants to disturbed regions,â€ he said in reference to those that convince Saudis to travel to Iraq in order to fight alongside insurgents.
Al-Turki said the arrested terror financiers included Saudis as well as expatriates, adding that they had provided financial support to Al-Qaeda militants in the Kingdom and abroad.
Speaking about the media cell that was operating in Madinah to promote deviant ideologies and thoughts, he said the cell had provided militants every encouragement to commit various crimes. The media cell published a news bulletin named Sada Al-Rafidain (Echo of Iraq) and facilitated the travel of militants to the war-torn country.
Saudi Gazette runs a story with essentially the same details: Terror cells Busted