Various weapons are shown in a broadcast of the Saudi Ekhbariya channel, announcing the capture of Iran-backed terror cell. (Reuters)

September 29, 2020

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it has busted a terrorist cell that had received military and field training by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

The spokesman for the presidency of state security said in a statement on state media that three of those arrested had been trained in Iran while the rest were “linked to the cell in various roles”.

Cell members “received military and field training, including on how to make explosives, inside Revolutionary Guards sites in Iran” for several weeks in late 2017, he said.

The statement said weapons and explosives were confiscated at two locations, a house and a farm in the Kingdom.

Ten suspects were arrested in a raid by security forces, with three having had received training in Iran.

The spokesman said their identities will not be disclosed at the moment to maintain the confidentiality of the investigations.

Authorities are probing the detainees to uncover more details about the cell and their accomplices, inside Saudi Arabia and abroad.

The presidency of state security vowed that it will forge ahead with determination and firmness in confronting such criminal plots and everyone who deigns to violate the Kingdom’s security and stability.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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