2006 News Story

Interior Minister: Arrested militants planned assassinations, attacks

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was presented with the Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud International Prize for Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies at a ceremony in Riyadh last night.

The King received the award for serving the traditions of the Prophet (pbuh). Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz attended the award ceremony on behalf of King Abdullah.

In remarks to the press after the ceremony, Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz said that militants belonging to terrorist cells arrested recently in the Kingdom planned assassinations and terrorist operations inside Saudi Arabia. The group in question was arrested as part of a Saudi security sweep that netted some 136 militants over several months.

Commenting on those behind the terrorist cells, Prince Nayef said, “Whoever is behind them, there is no doubt that they are enemy of Islam and Muslims, even if they hold Islamic identity as they say. Moreover, any individual can not do these acts if he is a true Muslim.”

Prince Nayef also expressed confidence in Saudi security forces’ ability to foil terrorist attacks in the Kingdom.