Saudi security forces kill two suspected terrorists

Saudi security forces shoot and kill two suspected jihadists during a police operation in the capital Riyadh.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Saudi security forces on Saturday shot and killed two suspected jihadists, including an explosive belt maker, during a police operation in the north of the capital Riyadh, the interior ministry said, according to AFP.

Suspect Tayeh al-Saihari, who was wanted by authorities for his alleged involvement in jihadist attacks, was spotted in a house in a northern Riyadh neighborhood, a ministry spokesman said.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the spokesman said that Saihari was with Talal al-Saidi, also wanted by the authorities on suspicion of belonging to jihadist groups.

Security forces surrounded the house at dawn and ordered the suspects to surrender but they refused and opened fire on the police who then launched an assault, killing them both, he said, according to AFP.

The interior ministry said two explosive belts "ready to be activated" were found in the house, as well as a homemade bomb and material that could be used to make explosives.

It added that Saihari had "prepared the explosive belts that were used in suicide attacks", including the deadly bombing of a headquarters of the special forces in 2015 and near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina last July.

Saudi Arabia has in recent years foiled several terrorist attacks on its soil. In October, the kingdom arrested eight suspected terrorists who plotted killings and a car bombing.

In September, Riyadh said it thwarted ISIS-linked terrorist operations that planned to target citizens, scholars, security forces, and vital facilities nationwide.

Local Saudi affiliates of the Islamic State (ISIS) have carried out several deadly shootings and bombings in the kingdom, many of them targeting security personnel and Shiite Muslim mosques.