59 terror suspects from 7 nationalities netted in 24 days

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Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — As many as 59 terror suspects of seven nationalities were arrested during the past 24 days, according to the Presidency of the State Security.

It said the suspects consist of 33 Saudis, 13 Turks, seven Yemenis, two Egyptians, two Afghans, a Kenyan and a Nigerian.

For the first time this year, a citizen from Sri Lanka was arrested on March 7 and a Kenyan was nabbed on April 1.

Terror suspects from the West included a Frenchman, two Canadians, three Russians and five Americans.

Yemenis, with 320 terror suspects, top the list followed by Syrians (206) and Pakistanis (79).

According to Nafethah, an electronic gate of the Interior Ministry, there are 71 terror suspects from Egypt, 23 from Sudan, 22 from Palestine, 19 from Jordan, 10 from India and 16 from Chad.

There are 12 terror suspects from Bahrain, seven from Afghanistan, four from Ethiopia, and one each from Libya, Djibouti and Kenya.

The Nafethah website said 14 Turkish terror suspects were arrested this year to increase their number to 17 while suspects from Iran rose to nine.

The website said nine terror suspects were classified as of unknown nationalities.

Three of them were currently under investigation at the Public Prosecution (PP).

Two of them will soon be handed over to the PP and four are still being detained in the intelligence prison.

There are 5305 suspects under detention, according to an updated list on the Nafethah website.


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