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Saudi Arabia Arrests 16 Terror Suspects
VOA News
21 Jul 2003, 17:34 UTC

Saudi Arabia says it has foiled a terror plot to launch attacks inside the Kingdom with the arrests of 16 suspects.

A Saudi television broadcast Monday said Saudi security forces recovered a large cache of weapons, explosives and chemicals in the sweep.

It is not clear where the arrests took place, and authorities have not publicly identified the suspects or their affiliations. The Associated Press quotes a ministry official as saying the arrests began late last week.

The sweep yielded the largest weapons find shown on Saudi television since the kingdom launched a crackdown on militants following a spate of suicide bombings that killed 35 people in the capital May 16.

Earlier this month, Saudi police said they arrested 124 people with alleged links to the suicide bombings. The attacks ripped through several residential compounds for westerners. Nine Americans were among those killed.

Saudi officials said many of those detained in connection with the May bombings came from Afghanistan or had links to Al-Qaida.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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