On September 28th, Saudi Arabian authorities announced that 10 alleged members of a terrorist cell had been arrested in the country.
The arrest took place earlier, on September 23rd.
Three of them are believed to have received military and field training at sites belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards between October 29th and December 8th, 2017.
The other seven suspects were linked to the group in different roles, according to the statement, which was carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
A spokesman for the Presidency of State Security added that the suspects had also been trained to make explosives.
“Three of those arrested had been trained in Iran while the rest were linked to the cell in various roles,” he said. The locations of the arrests were not given and identities of those arrested cannot be be revealed at this time for legal reasons, he added.
Saudi Arabia did not reveal the identities of those arrested “for the interest of the investigation” as authorities seek to gather more information about their activities and connections both within and outside of the kingdom.
“Competent authorities at the presidency thwarted a terrorist cell… whose elements received military and field training on how to make explosives, at the Revolutionary Guard’s sites in Iran,” the State Security Presidency said in the statement.
“Security investigations revealed the elements’ identities as well as two sites used by the elements to store weapons and explosives,” it added.
The spokesman said a cache of weapons and explosives was confiscated at a house and a farm. It included nine explosive devices, four Kalashnikov machine guns, a Heckler and Koch G3 rifle, a sniper rifle, two pistols, an air rifle, 4,620 rounds of ammunition, 18 machine gun and pistol chambers, 14 knives, and military uniforms.
Other items included 5.28 kilograms of gunpowder, 67 explosive fuses, 51 electric detonators, a welding machine, and a range of capacitors, electrical transformers and electronic components used to make explosive devices.
On September 27th, Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said it had foiled a “terrorist attack” in early 2020 that was allegedly backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
The statement confirmed earlier media reports about an alleged planned attack and added a timeframe.
Saudi state television Al-Ekhbariya and Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Al-Khaleej reported that Interior Ministry investigations found that a new group called the “Qassem Soleimani Brigade” had planned to attack several public and security structures in Bahrain.
“We want to make clear that this case goes back to early 2020 and it is currently being looked into by the relevant court,” the Interior Ministry statement said.
The report by Akhar Al-Khaleej said the foiled attacks had been planned to avenge the January killing in Iraq of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone strike.
It said security forces foiled the plot after finding an explosive device in the Badei area meant to target a visiting foreign delegation.
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