Saudi Arabia Arrests Hundreds in Terrorist Plot to Disrupt Oil Facilities
March 24, 2010
(ChattahBox)—- Reuters is reporting that hundreds of militants have been rounded up in the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Details of the crackdown are still sketchy, but the militants are suspected of plotting attacks on vital oil installations and other state facilities.
The majority of the arrested militants are reported to be Saudi nationals. But a large number of non-Saudis, including Yemenis, were also arrested in the terrorist crackdown.
The terrorist network was allegedly planning a series of attacks on infrastructure facilities in Saudi Arabia, including oil installations, which provides much of the world’s oil supply.
(Update: MSNBC is reporting that Saudi “Police have arrested 172 militants who were plotting to attack Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, storm its prisons to free the inmates and use aircraft in their attacks.” The Interior Ministry released a statement, saying “They had reached an advance stage of readiness and what remained only was to set the zero hour for their attacks,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Mansour al-Turki. “They had the personnel, the money, the arms. Almost all the elements for terror attacks were complete except for setting the zero hour for the attacks.” The attacks were planned against “public figures, oil facilities, refineries … and military zones” and the militants have been linked to al-Qaida.