Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pinoy among terror suspects nabbed in Saudi Arabia –report

A Filipino was among the 33 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia over terrorism charges, according to a report on the Saudi Gazette.
The report said those arrested included four Americans, 14 Saudis, three Yemenis, two Syrians, an Indonesian, a United Arab Emirates citizen, a Palestinian and a citizen of Kazakhstan.
On Friday, a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Eastern Province, killing four people before worshippers disarmed and tied up his accomplice who had fired on them.
ISIS, a radical Sunni group that considers Shiites heretics, did not claim that attack.
The Saudi Gazette said some 532 IS suspects accused of plotting attacks in the kingdom are being questioned ahead of their trial at the criminal court in Riyadh.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has yet to confirm the reported arrest of a Filipino terrorism suspect in Saudi Arabia.
"Our embassy in Riyadh will verify this report with the Saudi authorities," said DFA spokesman Charles Jose in a statement.
The US government, meanwhile, cannot confirm any American citizens were among 33 arrested suspects, two US officials told Reuters on Sunday. Reuters and Agence France-Presse

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