Saudi security forces have arrested 17 suspected fighters in a series of raids around Riyadh, state television said.
They also seized weapons and ammunition early on Saturday in the raids on 12 homes in the capital and nearby districts of Kharj and Mujamma, television quoted an Interior Ministry source as saying.
Some of the arrested men had taken part in operations carried out by the “deviant group” – a label used by authorities to describe supporters of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network – or sympathised with them, the television report said.
It said all the arrested men were Saudi nationals, but gave no details of their identity. Security forces also seized electronic equipment and printed material in the raids.