Saudi Arabia Foils ISIS Terrorist Attempt To Attack Defense Ministry – 2 Yemeni Nationals Arrested
The Gulf Arab daily, al Arabiya is reporting on its website this afternoon, September 12, 2017, that an attempt by ISIS militants to attack the Saudi Defense Ministry in the country’s capital, Riyadh, has been thwarted. Saudi Arabia’s Presidency of State Security confirmed the foiled attempt in a statement to al Arabiya’s news channel on Monday, Saudi time. Al Arabiya reported that “two Yemeni nationals were arrested for plotting attacks targeting two headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in Riyadh. Saudi authorities said in a statement that: “The arrest of the 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 initial investigations revealed that they were of Yemeni nationality, and their names differed from those recorded by the identity evidence that was seized. Two other Saudi nationals were also arrested, and their relationship with the above mentioned [would-be] suicide bombers was confirmed who [whom] they tried to provide assistance.”
Saudi security authorities reported that they confiscated two explosive belts, each weighing about 7 kilograms, nine homemade grenades, as well as some firearms and other assorted weapons. Saudi authorities also conducted a raid on a safe house in the al-Rimal neighborhood of Riyadh, where one of the suicide bombers was trained in how to wear and use/detonate the explosive belt, according to al Arabiya.
This kind of attempted terrorist attack really isn’t surprising, given Saudi Arabia has been fighting Islamic militants in Yemen for the past several years; and, the ISIS dream of a caliphate in Iraq has been destroyed. One would have to expect more of these kinds of attempts as ISIS lashes out as its organization collapses and is all but wiped out. But, killing an individual/s is easy, compared to ‘killing’ a philosophy. Since ISIS’s odious philosophy will live on, there will be those who will become attracted to its poisonous message and no doubt try and attack the Saudi royal family, or its government offices again. But, the Saudis have a very robust and admirable intelligence collection apparatus, and one hopes they are able to successfully ferret out, and thwart future such attempts. V/R, RCP