Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has a reputation of cracking down on opponents [Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court via Reuters]

A roundup of royals and aides has widened in Saudi Arabia, according to several reports, in what is believed to be the latest crackdown by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the kingdom’s de facto ruler, against potential challengers to his power.

On Saturday, a day after it was reported that two senior members of the royal family were detained over an alleged coup plot, US media outlets said Prince Nayef bin Ahmed, a former army head of intelligence, was also among those being held.

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Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that the sweep broadened to include dozens of interior ministry officials,

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