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Saudi authorities say they've arrested a Syrian man and a Filipina over an alleged bomb plot


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia said Saturday it had arrested a Syrian man and a Filipina for allegedly manufacturing suicide bomb belts in the kingdom's capital.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday that the two were arrested in Riyadh. It said the Filipina sewed explosive belts for the Syrian, who arrived in Saudi Arabia in 2010. It also said she wore such a belt when the man was gone.

It said police raided their house in Riyadh's al-Fayah district on Wednesday, defusing the booby traps inside and finding two explosive belts, bomb-making materials and a machine gun and ammunition. A second raid in Riyadh's al-Jazirah neighborhood turned up no bombs, it said.

The agency identified the Filipina as Lady Gioi Aban Bali Nang and the Syrian man as Yasser Mohammed Shafiq al-Barazi. It wasn't clear if they had lawyers and Saudi officials could not be immediately reached.

The agency report offered no motive for the alleged plot. A local Islamic State affiliate has claimed a series of recent attacks.

This story has been corrected to show authorities found no bombs in the second location raided.

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