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Saudi police arrest eight suspected jihadist recruiters

Saudi police arrest eight people in the northwest suspected of recruiting young people to join the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, the interior ministry saySaudi police have arrested eight people in the northwest suspected of recruiting young people to join the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, the interior ministry said Tuesday. Police in Tamir, 150 kilometres (100 miles) north of Riyadh, arrested eight people “who deluded young people into joining foreign extremist groups,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency. The arrests were made as part of security operation implementing a royal decree ordering a crackdown on members and supporters of extremist groups, the statement said. An imam and a teacher were among the people arrested, “supporters of the Islamic State, accused of encouraging young people to go to the war zones in Syria and Iraq,” the Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reported.

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