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Saudi Arabia says it stopped Islamic State attacks; 400 held

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia says it has broken up planned Islamic State attacks in the kingdom, while announcing today it has arrested over 400 people in its raids. In a statement carried on the official state news agency,the Interior Ministry also accused those arrested of conducting several attacks, including an Islamic State-claimed suicide bomb in May that killed 21 people in the village of al-Qudeeh, in the oil-rich eastern Qatif region. It was the deadliest militant assault in the kingdom in more than a decade. It also blames them for the November shooting and killing of eight worshippers in the eastern Saudi Arabian village of al-Ahsa. The announcement came a day after an Islamic State attack in a crowded marketplace in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province killed 115 people.