INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters published the global alert at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Orange Notice; To warn police, public entities and other international organizations about potential threats from disguised weapons, parcel bombs and other dangerous materials. The 83 Saudis and two Yemenis are wanted at the national level by Saudi Arabia on terrorism-related charges, including links to al Qaida in Saudi Arabia, as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan.
General Mansoor Al-Turki, a spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Interior, said that INTERPOL was asked for assistance because its global police network and tools provided essential elements for locating and detaining fugitives for their eventual extradition to Saudi Arabia. The 85 men, most of whom aged between 20 and 35, are suspected of having left Saudi Arabia, probably for Iraq or Afghanistan. In Riyadh, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said that the men’s whereabouts were unknown but that the alert would put some pressure on them to limit their movements. “These people are always on the run,” he said. Photos and details of the wanted men have been released on Interpol’s website www.interpol.int . The wanted militants include a man married to Osama Bin Laden’s daughter and another who was involved in a plot to kill the US ambassador in Yemen. Saudi authorities say many of them took part in planning attacks targeting oil or security installations or provided Al-Qaeda members with weapons and money
INTERPOL’s Orange Notice, sent to all of its 187 member countries, includes identifying details of each of the terror suspects to help law enforcement officers worldwide in their search and eventual identification when located and arrested.
“By asking for INTERPOL's assistance, Saudi Arabia wishes to ensure that all INTERPOL member countries are made aware that these men are dangerous and that their activities represent a security concern not only for Saudi Arabia and the entire region but also for the world as a whole,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
“Never before has INTERPOL been asked to alert the world about so many dangerous fugitives at one time; we know that we are approaching the 16th anniversary of the first World Trade Center bombing on 26 February 2009 and therefore must be especially vigilant of fugitive al Qaeda terrorists,” said Secretary General Noble.
More than 5,000 fugitives wanted by INTERPOL were arrested in 2008. There are currently more than 13,000 persons listed in INTERPOL’s database of individuals linked to terrorist activities.
The Orange Notice was originally created to warn police, public entities and other international organizations of potential threats related to disguised weapons, explosives and other dangerous materials; however, it can also be issued by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon for any act or event which poses a risk to the safety and security of citizens around the world.
INTERPOL’s 75th General Assembly meeting in Brazil in 2006 urged member countries to immediately inform the global law enforcement community via INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters whenever there are suspected terrorists on the loose who could pose a danger to the police and citizens of any country to which the suspects might flee; and to immediately provide information to other member countries via the General Secretariat headquarters to issue a security alert, to help law enforcement worldwide to identify, locate, and apprehend the suspects.
See the complete list of the wanted terrorists, with photos, from the INTERPOL Orange notice, click here.
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