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Saudi police arrest 135 suspected terrorists

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says police have arrested 135 people with suspected links to terrorist groups.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said in a statement on Sunday that 26 of the detainees were foreigners, including 16 Syrians.

He says the suspects were arrested in different parts of Saudi Arabia, though he did not say when.

Some of the men allegedly received weapons training, fought as militants in conflicts abroad and had been planning to carry out attacks. Others are accused of smuggling weapons into Saudi Arabia, and helping to raise money and recruit for terrorist organizations.

He says 17 men were detained for suspected links to attacks against security forces in the Eastern Province, where minority Shiites are centered.

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