Saudi Arabia‘s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has launched a sweeping crackdown targeting leading royals and security officers, according to several reports, in an apparent bid to quell potential challenges to his grip on power.
Among those detained is Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the only surviving full brother of King Salman and one of the most senior members of the ruling Al Saud family.
Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s nephew and former crown prince and interior minister, was also detained on Friday. He is believed to have been under house arrest since being replaced as crown prince by MBS, the king’s son, in June 2017.
The two high-profile royals, seen as possible alternatives to MBS in succeeding the king, were reportedly accused of