Saudi Arabia determined to fight extremism

Saudi Arabia is determined to halt extremism and has foiled a number of terror plots inside the kingdom, King Abdullah said on Sunday 7 March.

“In domestic policy, the government continues to expend its efforts to strengthen security,” the king said in his annual speech to the Shura Council, the country’s consultative assembly.

“A special effort has been made to confront the thinking of the group of deviants, extremists and terrorists,” he said, using language the government usually employs to identify Al-Qaeda.

“The security services have had repeated successes with preventative actions, and will continue their activities to foil the terrorist plots, eradicate the deviant groups, and dry up the sources of terrorism,” he said.

Saudi officials have broken up several plots to launch attacks inside the kingdom in the past year, rounding up numerous suspected militants and seizing weapons caches and bomb-making equipment, all linked to Al-Qaeda.

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