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Saudis foil stadium car bomb attack

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have prevented a plot to bomb the Al-Jawhara stadium during a World Cup qualifying match.

A terror cell had intended to park a car bomb outside the 60,000 seater Stadium in Jeddah during the match between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on October 11.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior said two cells were operating separately to plan the attack and receiving instructions from ISIS in Syria.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has called for attacks against Saudi Arabia, which belongs to the US-led coalition bombing the jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

General Bassam Attiyah, an expert in combatting terrorism strategies in the Ministry of Interior, said that the first cell was composed of four Saudi members.

Its alleged members were based in Shaqra, northwest of Riyadh, and are all Saudis, the ministry statement said, adding that the suspects had all confessed.

Attiyah said:

There are common factors among the four members, including their residing region, education, environment, age and the hours they spend daily together.

In 2014, they started to get influenced by ISIS and the caliphate concept. They followed up ISIS media publications, received them passionately and spent long hours watching and analysing them.

He said the cell was planning to target King Abdullah Sports City during the UAE-Saudi match.

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