Saudi authorities say they have arrested 93 people with ties to Islamic State (Isis) in recent months, foiling their plans to carry out terrorist attacks including a strike on the US embassy in Riyadh.
Interior ministry spokesman, Maj Gen Mansour al-Turki, said on Tuesday the arrests include a group of 65 people arrested in March who were involved in a plan that included targeting residential compounds, prisons and security forces.
He said authorities also disrupted a suicide car bomber’s plot to attack the US embassy in the capital after receiving information about the plan in mid-March.
A spokesman for the US embassy in Riyadh had no immediate comment.
The timing of the alleged suicide attack, however, matches with a decision by US officials to halt all consular services for a week from 15 March at the embassy and two other diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia over security fears.
The missions resumed those services a week laterwhen the embassy urged Americans in the kingdom to take extra precautions when travelling.
Saudi Arabia is part of the US-led coalition bombing Isis in Iraq and Syria. The group has called on its supporters to launch attacks inside Saudi Arabia.