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A general view of Ha’er Prison in Saudi Arabia July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Riyadh- ISIS was planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia before the security authorities succeeded in foiling them by arresting one of the organization’s most dangerous terrorists.

A Saudi court on Sunday sentenced an ISIS member to 20 years of imprisonment for plotting terror attacks inside the Kingdom.

The terrorist was accused by the court in Riyadh of planning terror attacks targeting foreign embassies and the Arar airport on the northern borders with Iraq.

He has taken part in ISIS camps in Syria and Iraq, before returning to Saudi Arabia to perpetrate terror acts.

The terrorist was preparing to lead a cell that was planning to carry out operations against three main targets, including the targets mentioned above, in addition to attacking officials in the military field.

The list of convictions confirmed by the Saudi judiciary against the presumed leader of the cell has revealed that the latter has met with ISIS leaders in Syria and Iraq during his presence in those two countries.

He was also convicted of communicating with a member of ISIS to facilitate his exit to Syria. Pictures of the terrorist organization’s slogans were found on his mobile device.

The man’s prison sentence begins from the day of his arrest. When it ends, he will be banned from traveling outside Saudi Arabia for a further 20 years.