Saudi Arabia gives names of 47 terror suspects to Interpol

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 09, 2011 14:30 hrs

Riyadh, Jan 9 (DPA) Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that it has given international policing agency Interpol the names of 47 suspected Saudi terrorists currently living outside the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia believes the expatriates are affiliated with Al Qaeda, according to ministry of interior spokesman Mansour al-Turki. He said they 'want to seize the opportunities to carry out, or assist in committing, criminal acts'.

The ministry called on the suspects to surrender and, in an attempt to lure them in, promised to take into consideration the possibility of reuniting them with their families.

Saudi Arabia announced in November 2010 that it had arrested 149 alleged members of Al Qaeda terrorist rings, thereby preventing a number of planned attacks.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula renewed threats to carry out attacks in Saudi Arabia late last year.

One of the group's most successful attacks came in 2003, when the group claimed responsibility for suicide bombings on Western compounds in Riyadh that left 29 people dead.