Saudi Arabia says it breaks up IS attack plot, spy ring
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Saudi Arabia says it breaks up IS attack plot, spy ring

Riyadh claims to have foiled plan to use suicide bomb against Defense Ministry offices

Saudi Shiite worshipers are frisked by members of security as they make their way to a hussainiya, a Shiite hall used for commemorations, in the mainly Shiite coastal town of Qatif, 400 kms east of Riyadh, on October 16, 2015. (AFP PHOTO/HUSSEIN RADWAN)
Saudi Shiite worshipers are frisked by members of security as they make their way to a hussainiya, a Shiite hall used for commemorations, in the mainly Shiite coastal town of Qatif, 400 kms east of Riyadh, on October 16, 2015. (AFP PHOTO/HUSSEIN RADWAN)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has said it has broken up an Islamic State group plot to use a suicide bomb against Defense Ministry offices, while separately dismantling an alleged spy ring.

The dual announcements early Tuesday show the security challenges facing the kingdom, now fighting its war in Yemen and embroiled in a diplomatic dispute with Qatar.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency said two Yemenis in Riyadh had been arrested on suspicion of wanting to bomb Defense Ministry locations. The statement also said two Saudi nationals were arrested and suicide belts and other weapons were seized.

The statement was vaguer about the spy ring, saying the cell was made up of “Saudis and foreigners” who wanted to “stir up sedition and prejudice national unity.

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