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    Two ISIL members were killed and three others arrested during four simultaneous raids in Saudi Arabia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Saudi security forces uncovered an Islamic State (ISIL) extremist group cell during anti-terror operations in the country's capital Riyadh and the eastern city of Dammam, the Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia said Monday as cited by local media.

    Two ISIL members were killed and three others arrested during four simultaneous raids, the ministry said, according to the Al Arabiya broadcaster.

    The ministry confirmed the uncovered terrorist cell was affiliated with an ISIL suicide bomber responsible for an August explosion at a mosque in the southwestern Saudi city of Abha, which killed at least 15 people.

    ISIL militants have made rapid advances in the Middle East, seizing large areas and proclaiming a caliphate territories under its control.

    Saudi Arabia has been launching airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria as part of a US-led coalition.


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