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Members of the Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Saudi authorities have arrested three cells linked to the ISIS terrorist group, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) cited the Spokesman of Ministry of Interior on Monday.

Following months of monitoring terrorist threats jeopardizing the Kingdom’s security, security forces have arrested 17 people affiliated with ISIS. The 17 detainees include 13 Saudis, an Egyptian, a Yemeni, a Palestinian and a woman who participated in implementing terrorist schemes.

The competent forces had launched a multi-stage security operation that led to the thwarting four attacks planned by the cells targeting citizens, religious scholars, security forces, military and economic facilities in different locations as well as religious sites in al-Ahsa and security headquarters linked to the defense and interior ministries.

According to the SPA, the members of this network have been active in the preparation and processing of explosive belts and explosive devices to be used in their criminal operations, providing logistical support such as shelter to wanted people, and providing them with money, weapons and means of transport inside the Kingdom, monitoring the targeted sites, providing electronic and media support for the organization, and communicating with its leaders abroad in all their activities.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior also revealed that a number of the arrested had links to other crimes that took place in the past. One of the arrested cells had provided refuge to those who carried out the explosion of Imam al-Rida Mosque in al-Ahsa and had also been involved in blowing up a military personnel’s car in Riyadh, assisting in the assassination of a Saudi officer and targeting a security post on al-Haer road in Riyadh.