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Saudi Arabia Holds 124 Terror Suspects
VOA News
01 Jul 2003, 21:24 UTC

Saudi Arabia's interior minister says his country has arrested 124 terror suspects since suicide bombers attacked western compounds in Riyadh in May.

Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz says many of those detained came from Afghanistan or were involved with the al-Qaida terrorist network.

The figure given by Prince Nayef Tuesday more than doubles the number of arrests reported last week. Saudi authorities promised to crack down on terrorists following the May 12th suicide bombings in which 35 people died, including nine Americans.

Last week, Prince Nayef announced that the kingdom had detained the suspected mastermind of those attacks, Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi, also known as Abu Bakr. U.S. officials say the suspect is the most senior al-Qaida operative in Saudi Arabia.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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