Saudi Arabia apprehended 62 suspects accused of being part of the Saudi terrorist cell (Saudi Cell) accused of having links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), during May 2014. The Saudi cell was reportedly planning to assassinate leaders and attack government targets in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with al-Qaeda groups like the ISIS. Sixty-two (62) suspects, including 35 Saudi nationals previously detained on terrorist-related charges, were arrested. Forty-four (44) cell members are believed to be on the run. According to the Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry security spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, the cell was in contact with Al-Qaeda cells in both Yemen and Syria. The Saudi Government designated the ISIS and AQAP as a terrorist organisation during March 2014.Centre of OperationsThe Saudi Cell headquarters is in the southern regions of Abha, Saudi Arabia:
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