RIYADH: The United States warned its citizens in Saudi Arabia yesterday that militants were planning fresh attacks in the kingdom and security forces said they had found a militant bomb factory.
“The American embassy in Riyadh advises all American citizens living in Saudi Arabia that it has received indications of operational planning for a terrorist attack or attacks in the kingdom,” the US embassy in Riyadh said in a statement. “The embassy has no specific information concerning timing, target or method of any possible attack(s).”
Hours after the embassy published its warning, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said security forces uncovered a hideout 60km southeast of Riyadh where militants had stored more than two tonnes of bomb-making equipment.
The cache included fertiliser, ammonium nitrate, aluminium powder, potassium nitrate and other chemicals used by suspected Al Qaeda militants to make bombs deployed in attacks on Western housing compounds and security forces buildings. Security forces who searched the hideout on Tuesday also found pipe bombs, acid and electrical equipment.
The US embassy statement advised Americans in Saudi Arabia to keep a low profile. “It isn’t a result of any specific new threat, except that there are ongoing, credible threats,” said Angela Aggelar, spokeswoman for the Consular Affairs division of the State Department in Washington.