Saudi arrests four ISIS militants behind al-Ahsa killings

Seven people were reportedly killed in the deadly shooting. In addition, two assailants and two police members were killed in an exchange of fire.

Seven people were reportedly killed in the deadly shooting. In addition, two assailants and two police members were killed in an exchange of fire.

Four ISIS militants suspected behind a deadly shooting earlier this month in the eastern Saudi city of al-Ahsa have been arrested, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The suspects – identified as Abdullah Aal Sarhan, Khalid al-Enazi, Marwan al-Zafr and Tareq al-Maimounu –were part of a “major ISIS cell,” the ministry said.

Three of the suspects were previously arrested and went on trial for terrorism charges, the ministry said, adding that the leader of the group received orders from abroad to target a Shiite congregation hall in the city of al-Ahsa.

The ministry further said that a total of 77 suspected members of the ISIS cell have so far been detained, noting that 47 of them were previously arrested and freed.

Security forces seized during raids documents and electronic equipment that “revealed contact between this terrorist organisation and ISIS abroad,” the ministry said.

Seven people were reportedly killed in the deadly shooting. In addition, two assailants and two police members were killed in an exchange of fire.

 
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