Members of Saudi security forces stand guard in the port city of Jazan - Reuters
CAIRO- 12 September, 2017: A Saudi Security source told Reuters that the perpetrators of the foiled terrorist attack against Saudi Arabia’s defense ministry are accused of committing espionage and contacting external outlawed entities including the Muslim Brotherhood.
Saudi Arabian State Security has announced in a statement published by the state news agency SPA earlier on Sunday that it has arrested several suspects plotting terrorist attacks on The Kingdom’s defense ministry in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the statement mentioned that the Islamic State (IS) orchestrated the foiled terrorist plot.
The State Security statement published by SPA said “The State Security Presidency - following up on terrorist threats targeting the kingdom's security and capabilities and tracking those responsible - was able to carry out a qualitative operation in detecting and thwarting a terrorist plot by Daesh terrorist organization against two headquarters of Ministry of Defense in Riyadh by suicide operation with explosive belts. The results of the security operation resulted in the following:
First: The arrest of the two suicide bombers, Ahmed Yaser al-Kaldi and Ammar Ali Muhammad, before they reached the target location, neutralizing their danger and controlling them by the security men.
The preliminary investigations revealed that they were of Yemeni nationality and their names differed from those recorded in the identity cards seized in their possession.
At the same time, two Saudi nationals were also arrested. Their relationship with the above-mentioned suicide bombers and their intentions are being investigated. The investigation's interest requires anonymity at the moment.
Second: Seizure of two explosive belts (each weighing 7 kg), and nine homemade grenades, firearms and non-firearm weapons.
Third: Seizure of a rest house in Al-Rimal neighborhood, Riyadh. It was used as a place for the suicide bombers and for training on using explosive belts.
Investigations are continuing in this case and the detainees are being held to cover all the details of this terrorist plot and any future developments will be announced.”
The security source pointed out that the arrested perpetrators are also accused of planning attacks and activities targeting the Kingdom’s national security in order to overthrow the current Saudi regime.