RIYADH: Mansour Al-Turki, Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, has described the 47 wanted Saudis whose names were released Sunday as “extremely dangerous” and having the “capability to carry out any act of terrorism”.
“They have had training in the use of arms, and some of them have had leadership roles in Al-Qaeda,” Al-Turki said.
Speaking at a press conference Sunday, Al-Turki said that 16 of the 47 were in Yemen, 27 in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and four in Iraq, but added that their whereabouts were liable to change.
“Interpol published their names internationally last Wednesday,” he said.
According to Al-Turki, the ages of the 47 are between 18 and 40, an average age of 26, and 34 of them, he said, were between the ages of 20 and 30, and 12 between 30 and 40. “The families of the 47 have been informed and they are cooperating with the security authorities to ask their relatives to hand themselves in,” he said.
He said that among the charges directed at the 47 wanted were using weapons and explosives, preparing poison for use in acts of terrorism, inciting young persons against the leaders and imams of the Muslims, and providing technical, media and financial support to Al-Qaeda.
Al-Turki also revealed that three persons on the list had connections with the 149 wanted whose capture was announced last November.
The list of 47 is the fifth Ministry of Interior list of Saudis wanted for connections with terrorism. One name on the list – number 31 Abdul Majeed Muhammad Al-Jubairi Al-Shehri – is a nephew of Saeed Al-Shehri, the “second man” in the so-called “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”.
– Okaz/Saudi Gazette