Summary: Saudi police arrested 172 suspects on charges of plotting attacks on Saudi oil field installations. Police also said they had captured caches of weapons in the desert. Officials did not explicitly link the plotters with al Qaeda, but analysts said the term used-"a deviant group"-referred to the group led by Osama bin Laden. "Saudi officials said some of the suspects had taken pilot training abroad, strongly suggesting the prospective use of airplane attacks against Saudi targets.
Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2021.