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Saudi authorities arrest 10 Egyptians on terror charges

The 10 were arrested in a security sweep that also saw 27 Saudis, two Yemenis and a Jordanian detained

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Feb 2016
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Saudi authorities arrested 10 Egyptians over terrorism related charges in a security raid that took place in the last five days, a Saudi newspaper reported Thursday.

The newspaper said that security officials arrested 40 suspects, including 27 Saudis, 10 Egyptians, two Yemenis and a Jordanian.

Some media outlets reported last week that Saudi Arabia, which is a member of an international military coalition against the Islamic State group, arrested 55 suspects on charges of association with extremists and radical groups.

In Early 2016, Saudi authorities executed 47 people convicted of adopting the radical "takfiri" ideology, joining "terrorist organisations" and pursuing various "criminal plots".

The execution list included prominent Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr who supported anti-government protests that broke out in 2011 in the Sunni-ruled kingdom's east, where the Shia minority complains of marginalisation.

The list also included Sunnis convicted of involvement in deadly 2003 and 2004 Al-Qaeda attacks in that killed Saudis and foreigners in the kingdom.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people convicted of various crimes, including drug-trafficking.

Authorities in the kingdom set up specialised courts in 2011 to try dozens of Saudis and foreigners accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda, or of participating in the wave of attacks that swept the country from 2003.

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