Malaysian police say foiled attack on Arab royalty ahead of Saudi King visit

Saudi Arabia's King Salman inspects an honour guard at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 26, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman inspects an honour guard at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 26, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LAMPUR: Malaysia on Tuesday said the seven militants arrested late last month were planning an attack on “Arab royalties” visiting its capital Kuala Lumpur.

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The arrests were made just days before Saudi Arabia’s King Salman visited Malaysia on February 26.

“They were planning to attack Arab royalties during their visit to Kuala Lumpur. We got them in the nick of time,” Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters.

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On Sunday, Malaysia said it had arrested one Malaysian and six foreigners – one Indonesian, four Yemenis and one East Asian – between February 21 and 26 for suspected links to militant groups including Islamic State.

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