RIYADH – Saudi Arabia arrested two suspected members of Al-Qaeda who may have been plotting against Western embassies in the Middle East, the interior ministry announced on Thursday.
The two men, a Yemeni and a Chadian national, had contacts with the Yemeni branch of the terror network, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, state news agency SPA quoted ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki as saying.
The Chadian suspect had been expelled from Saudi Arabia but returned with a passport issued by another country, Turki added. “The two suspects may have been implicated in the threats against Western embassies in the region,” he said.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, at the heart of the security alert that has shut a number of US and Western missions in Sanaa, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, is seen by Washington as the most active branch of the jihadist network.
It was formed in January 2009 as a merger of the Yemeni and Saudi branches of Al-Qaeda and is led by Nasser al-Wuhayshi–AFP.