November 26th, 2010
08:26 AM ET

149 alleged al Qaeda members arrested in Saudi Arabia

Security forces in Saudi Arabia have arrested 149 people alleged to be members of al Qaeda, the Saudi Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Gen. Mansour al-Turki, Interior Ministry spokesman, the people were plotting to kill government officials, security forces, and media employees.

"Their general motives are spreading an ideology of hate by calling others disbelievers, collecting money to finance the deviant al Qaeda group inside and outside the kingdom, easing travel for some individuals for training in destabilized places and executing criminal plots to spread chaos and insecurity." al-Turki said.

The arrests occurred over an eight-month period, and the people seized were dispersed among 19 active terrorist cells throughout the kingdom. Security forces found 2.4 million riyals (or about $600,000) among the cells.

Saudi state-run TV reports said of the 149 people, 124 were Saudi nationals. There were also Yemenis and Egyptians. The cells have external links, Turki said, a reference to al Qaeda in Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan.

The people were involved in collecting money and financing terrorism, targeting oil refineries and government buildings, weapons training, and making hand grenades.

Turki said the suspects were trying to using the hajj, or Muslim pilgrimage, season to create unrest and pursue recruiting.

The suspects pursued internet recruiting, and used nicknames in their recruiting efforts. Some of the names included killer, love of God, immigrant lion, and the stranger.

Among those arrested was a woman, who was sent back to her family after she was seized.

- CNN's Rima Maktabi contributed to this report

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  1. Astarte

    Dr. not give up on Christine...she may not be able to contact you!

    November 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DaveinNY

    Remember, we have extremist religious terrorists in this country as well. Drs. Slepian and Tiller were victims of radical religious terrorists. The Oklahoma City dead were victims of radical Religioius terrorists. The dead of Austin were victims of a radical right terrorist. Islam has no exclusive hold on the word terrorist. Many here take the term "Christian Soldier" too literally as well. A terrorist uis a terroruist, no matter what they call their deity

    November 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve in religious Birmingham

      Absolutely agree. There are Israeli Jewish extremists oppressing Palestinians, Deal New Jersey Ultra Orthodox rabbis laundering money (just a different form of terrorism) fundamentalist Christians blowing up civilians in the U.S., etc.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Thank you Gen. Mansour. Line up these Islamic terrorists. Ready aim.... FIRE! I just saved America a few million in lawyer fees and prison costs. No charge, it was my pleasure. Thank you.

    November 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DaveinNY

    Let's not forget hunting down and killing physicians who did nothing more than provide legal health services to women

    November 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Webcam on Mehdi

    He's just sitting there eating caramel popcorn and playing with his GI Joe's. There's a Barbi doll stuffed between the cushions. Her head is missing though. Ewwww, he just picked his nose and wiped it on his cat. Tune in next time for furballs.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Webcam on Mehdi

    Now he's squirting lighter fluid on his GI Joe's. " oh! you happy to be iraq now ha ha. now who funny man? now i kill you pigs get out of iraq" he yells as he strikes the match. He's going into the bathroom. He's getting some burn cream out of the cabinet. There's a Barbi doll head floating in the toilet. Tune in next time for Lincoln Logs meets Mehdi.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Webcam on Mehdi

    "No you filthy pig" Mehdi exclaims as he wrestles with the wal-mart part-time employee over the last set of Lincoln Logs. Dr. Bad had in mind re-creating the destruction of Fallujah, and without these logs he'd have to use dry dog poop like last time. He still has cat hair under his fingernails, and as he was fumbling for some change, a Barbi doll head fell out of his pocket.. Tune in next time for Dr. Bad goes polyester.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    OK Mehdi. That's enough. It's past your bedtime, young man.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Webcam on Mehdi

    By the time he was 8 yrs. old, his mother realized he looked better in polyester. Dr. Bad liked it because as he shuffled along, his thighs rubbing together would build-up static electricity, and he could shock his mom's cat. He is very careful not to shock his own nose. He slips on a tube of burn cream laying on the floor as he heads for his mom's computer. Tune in next for Mehdi Mom: my kitty-cat is sticky.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Webcam on Mehdi

    He was pounding on his mom's keyboard. She's in the kitchen fanning the flies off of her dead cat. Now he's staring down at a roll of wire, an old pocket-watch, and an M-80. He drew something on a pc. of paper but I can't make it out. It looks like a cat with a pencil in it's eye and half of it's butt blown off. Now he's asking his mom what time it is.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CaptainObvious

    We'll always have Fallujah Dr.Bad. You'll always be my wittle baddie addie oomkins bunny bear! :.(

    November 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ChristineDeAngelo

    *oops* We'll always have Fallujah Dr.Bad. You'll always be my wittle baddie addie oomkins bunny bear! :.(

    November 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ChristineDeAngelo

    Damn I'm gonna have to change names again.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ***dude***

    Who needs saturday night live when ya got dr bad 'n the mimics!

    November 27, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Steve in religious Birmingham

    I guess CNN does not care that their Comments section has been high jacked. Worse, Dr Bad is not even funny.

    November 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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