One person has been executed in Saudi Arabia for plotting a suicide attack and being linked to the militant group Islamic State (IS). The news agency AFP reported this information.
Saudi Arabia executed the man in Riyadh on Monday. The country’s interior ministry said in a statement.
A statement from the Saudi Interior Ministry said the man sentenced to death was Mohammed al-Saddam. He is a citizen of Yemen. Under the direction of IS, he wanted to carry out suicide attacks targeting civilians.
According to the Saudi Interior Ministry, al-Saddam had declared allegiance to IS. He wanted to carry out a suicide attack using an explosive belt.
The Saudi Interior Ministry did not say when or where Saddam was arrested.
AFP did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Saudi authorities.
Saudi Arabia is one of the most executed countries in the world. However, the death penalty was significantly lower in the country in 2020.
According to the international human rights organization Amnesty International, 40 people were executed in Saudi Arabia from January to July this year.
At least 60 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia this year, according to AFP.