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The Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 62 persons accused of links to al Qaeda in Yemen and in Syria, where the suspects reportedly had ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The cell, made up of 59 Saudis, a Pakistani, a Yemeni, and a Palestinian, included 35 Saudi nationals who had previously been detained on terrorism charges and released. Authorities are looking for an additional 44 people allegedly linked to the cell, which was said to be planning "large-scale assassinations" and other attacks against Saudi "government and foreign interests."
Pakistan extradited two wanted individuals to Saudi Arabia: Adel Felayeh Salim Al-Eneizi, who was on the kingdom's 2009 wanted list; and Muhammad Hamid Al-Juhani, who was on the 2011 wanted list of "extremely dangerous" al Qaeda-linked terrorists. Upon arrival in Riyadh on May 3 the two were given medical checkups and allowed to see their families. A group called the "al-Zarqawiyya Battalion in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques" announced its formation and said it would target Shiites in Saudi Arabia. Authorities expect 500 international schools to close due to a shortage of government-sponsored teachers.
Saudi authorities arrested two Saudi women who were attempting to cross into Yemen to join al Qaeda. Earlier this month, another Saudi woman, Arwa Baghdadi, also fled to Yemen to join her husband, imprisoned al Qaeda member Yassin Al Barakati. Last week the Special Court acquitted seven suspects accused of terrorism-related crimes including raising funds for al Qaeda under the guise of charitable organizations and trying to provide weapons to al Qaeda in Iraq; 13 others were convicted.
The Special Court in Riyadh sentenced three terrorists from the 85-member Turki al Dandani group to death, and handed out prison sentences ranging from two to 26 years to 40 others. Two days ago, five terrorists received death sentences for bombings in 2003.