2003 News Story

Interior ministry gives details of foiled plot

The Ministry of Interior issued a statement today giving details of the incident on Tuesday in which a car bomb plot was foiled. The encounter with security forces led to the deaths of two wanted terrorist suspects: Abdulmohsin Abdulaziz Alshabanat, who was killed in the exchange of fire, and Mosaed Mohammad Dheedan Alsobaiee, who committed suicide by detonating the hand grenade he was carrying.

The other terrorists involved are being pursued. The vehicle that was seized was loaded with explosives and camouflaged as a military vehicle. Also seized were materials for painting cars and forging documents as well as military clothes, a variety of weapons, and other items. The incident took place in Riyadh around noon. The planned act of terrorism was about to be carried out, but the speed and efficiency of the security forces aborted it.

In a Press Release on November 25, Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan stated:

“The fact that these terrorists would try to kill innocent people on the first day of the Eid, a time of religious celebration, shows again that they have no moral principles or respect for Islamic values.  They are murderers, pure and simple.  Their aim is to take away our security and take over the state.  Instead of progress and reform, they want to turn Saudi Arabia into a Taliban society.  But they will not succeed.

"We commend our brave Saudi law enforcement and intelligence officers who were able to identify and stop these terrorists before they could strike.  With God’s help, they saved many lives today. 

"Our security and counter-terrorism operations grow stronger everyday.  We are hunting down the terrorists and flushing them from their hiding places.  There is no safe place for Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.  God willing, we will continue to find them and bring them to harsh justice.”