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Saudi Al-Qaida Bust Underscores Group's Terrorism Threat

Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:59 AM

Analysts are warning Saudi Arabia not to be overly triumphant after busting Al Qaeda cells planning a major attack, because the terrorist group will not be easily defeated.

The Saudi government says it has broken up three separate Al Qaeda cells and foiled their plans for attacks on the kingdom's oil installations.

Analysts say it is a major victory for the Saudi counter-terrorism authorities, which have been attempting to dismantle the cells since October last year.

Authorities say they seized arms, ammunition, computers, pre-paid telephone cards, cash and documents as part of the operation.

One cell had 101 people while the two others had six each and were unaware of each other's existence.

But Macquarie University terrorism expert Clive Williams warns that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains well organised and should not be underestimated.

He says the Saudi government should be able to contain the fundamentalists but the Al Qaeda leadership is experienced and competent.

"You've got a very competent ideology and you've got a very competent military guy," Professor Williams said.

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