BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:36 P.M.) – Malaysia has announced that it has arrested seven people that had planned to assassinate the Saudi king ahead of his visit to the country last month.
Yemenis were found plotting the assassination, Malaysia’s police chief announced on Tuesday.
“Apart from their role involving in producing false travel documents, they are also involved in distributing drugs… and they are also planning to attack the Arab royalties during the visit in Kuala Lumpur, so we got them in the nick of time,” Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.
Kuala Lumpur had said Sunday that one Malaysian and six foreigners, one Indonesian, four Yemenis and one East Asian, were arrested between February 21 and 26 for suspected links to militant groups, PressTV reported.
Police noted that two of the seven militants, a Malaysian and an Indonesian, were planning to conduct a large-scale attack using a “vehicle-borne improvised explosive device,” the report continued.