Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said on Sunday the kingdom has arrested at least eight suspected terrorists plotting killings and a car bombing, Reuters reported.
A ministry statement said those arrested included Islamic State (ISIS) suspects who had planned killings of security officials in the Shaqra district north of the capital Riyadh.
Other terrorists arrested had planned to attack civilians in the eastern city of Qatif and stage a car bomb attack on a visiting United Arab Emirates (UAE) soccer team at a stadium in the western port city of Jeddah, the statement said.
The statement quoted by Reuters said the eight arrested suspects included two Pakistanis, a Syrian and a Sudanese. Eight Saudis and a Bahraini were among the suspects still at large, it said.
Saudi Arabia has several times in recent times nabbed suspected ISIS cells. In September, Riyadh said it thwarted ISIS-linked terrorist operations that planned to target citizens, scholars, security forces and vital facilities nationwide.
In mid-August, Saudi Arabia said that three women and their seven children, including a one-year-old, had been prevented from travelling to Syria to join jihadists.
Local Saudi affiliates of ISIS have carried out several deadly shootings and bombings in the kingdom, the world's No. 1 oil exporter. Many of the attacks have targeted security personnel and Shiite Muslim mosques, noted Reuters.