Saudi Arabia Handcuffs Militants Targeting Oil Facilities

Reuters reported Wednesday that oil-exporting heavyweight Saudi Arabia has detained dozens of nationals and Yemeni militants accused of plotting attacks on oil facilities and other infrastructure.

The militants were organized in three cells and were a leading concern following a failed December bombing on a US-bound plane claimed by the Yemen-based regional al-Qaeda wing, Reuters said.

Two of the cells were suspected of planning an attack on oil facilities in the east of the country and one included a Yemeni national described by security officials as a prominent member of al-Qaeda, the report noted.

"We seized belts of explosives which they were planning to use in suicide attacks," one security official, quoted by Reuters, said.

The dates of the arrests were not disclosed.