Saudi authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested two would-be suicide bombers linked to the Islamic State terrorist group before they could carry out an attack in a mostly Shiite town.
The suspects - a Saudi national and a Syrian man - were arrested hours before their planned suicide attack on a restaurant and a cafe in the town of Tarut in the kingdom's eastern province of Qatif, the Interior Ministry said in a statement, according to Saudi news agency SPA.
When arrested, the two had in their possession a firearm and an explosive belt, according to the ministry.
Two other Syrians were later arrested in connection with the alleged attack.
In recent months, Saudi Arabia, a partner in a US-led alliance targeting Islamic State in Syria, has seen a series of attacks.
Some of those assaults were claimed by the Islamic State radical Sunni militia that regards Shiite Muslims as heretics
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