Saudi Arabian security forces have arrested 17 suspected militants with ties to al-Qaida.

An interior ministry statement carried Saturday by Saudi media said the group was arrested during simultaneous early morning raids of 12 homes in the capital, Riyadh, and two nearby districts, Kharj and Majmaah. All of the suspected militants are Saudi nationals.

In addition to the arrests, security forces seized weapons, ammunition, electronic equipment and assorted militant literature and documents.

The oil-rich kingdom has been battling supporters and sympathizers of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden for the last two years. It has been nearly a year since the last terror attack on Saudi soil. Since then, security forces have made significant progress, arresting and killing dozens of suspected militants.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.