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Saudi Arabia tightens security amid terror threats

Xinhua, April 20, 2015 Adjust font size:

Saudi Arabia has tightened security amid terrorism threats mainly against the capital city of Riyadh, Al Hayat newspaper reported on Monday.

The highentened security measures cover markets, commercial malls and oil establishments in Riyadh.

"We take such precautionary steps if we are tipped off of terrorism attempts," Interior Minister Spokesperson Maj. Gen. Mansoor Al Turki told the newspaper.

The ministry received information about an attack attempt that will target a market in Riyadh or an establishment affiliated to Saudi oil company Aramco.

In Riyadh, two major bombings took place in residential compounds in 2003.

One left 39 people dead and over 160 wounded when bombs went off at three compounds in the capital.

In the other attack, a bomb was detonated outside the Al-Mohaya housing compound, west of Riyadh, killing at least 17 people and wounding 122 others. Endit