Saudi Arabia Sentences ‘Secret Cell’ Accused of Supporting ISIS, Killing Two Security Men

Saudi Arabia Sentences ‘Secret Cell’ Accused of Supporting ISIS, Killing Two Security Men

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 - 13:00
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
The Saudi judiciary is prosecuting a "secret cell" accused of supporting ISIS, being involved in the killing of two security men and attempting to target officers in the Interior Ministry and security men at checkpoints.

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh held a hearing session on the prosecutor general's case against 14 defendants, 12 of whom were Saudis, one Syrian and one Sudanese.

According to the lawsuit, two terrorists participated in the formation of a terrorist cell belonging to a secret armed organization.

The cell aims at shedding blood, destabilizing the internal security in the country, killing security men, assaulting public property and destroying it, carrying out acts of sabotage and chaos, seeking to cause strife and division in the country and communicating with terrorist elements in the Kingdom and abroad.

The lawsuit confirmed that the defendants assassinated two security men after they were deliberately shot by a machine gun while carrying out their work in a security patrol.

They also targeted a senior officer, an officer of the Ministry of Interior and security personnel working at the Sultana checkpoint, security men at Raghba police station and the visitors of the tourist sites in Raghba center to destabilize the security of the country.

One of the accused made explosive grenades (Molotov) to use them in disrupting the internal security. He also trained in his father's farm to engage in booby-traps, bomb-making, improvised explosive devices and bombing in order to carry out a terrorist act in case ISIS ordered him to do so.

Some members of the cell communicated with ISIS members in Syria and Saudi Arabia and were associated with them in order to prepare sabotage actions against security in the Kingdom.

They received a quantity of unlicensed weapons and ammunition and moved them inside the Kingdom in order to corrupt and disrupt security.

They supported the killing of foreign nationals in the Kingdom. Some members of the cell joined an e-group on Telegram program, which included a number of ISIS elements, and exchanged pictures, files and video clips that were hostile to the state and supportive of ISIS ideology.

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