160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe kingdom, which is the birth place of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, has been waging a heavy crackdown on al-Qaida militants since a 2003 wave of attacks on foreigners here. Wednesday’s announcement indicated that al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists were still actively attempting to destabilize the monarchy, which holds a quarter of the world’s proven oil reserves. In other arrests, the Interior Ministry said 112 Saudis were taken into custody for links and “coordination with outside circles” to assist in smuggling them to “troubled areas” – Saudi shorthand for Iraq and Afghanistan – for training, after which the men would have come back for attacks inside the kingdom. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that it had arrested 208 suspected terrorists in six cells and thwarted several planned attacks in the kingdom’s largest terror sweep to date. Among the plots, the Interior Ministry said, the capture of eight al-Qaida-linked suspects “pre-empted an imminent attack on an oil installation” in the country’s east, which is home to most Saudi petroleum reserves. A ministry statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said the eight were led by a non-Saudi man, who was among those arrested. Eighteen other suspects led by a non-Saudi missile expert were arrested for “planning to smuggle eight missiles into the kingdom to carry out terrorist operations,” the statement said.