Saudi Arabian authorities on Wednesday arrested eight men who allegedly were planning to attack oil installations in the kingdom, security officials said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the media, said the eight were part of a terrorist cell led by a non-Saudi man, who was one of the arrested.

The planned attacks were to take place in the eastern region of the country, which home to Saudi's main oil resources, the official said. He did not provide more details.

But the pan-Arab satellite TV stations Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera said the arrested men also allegedly plotting to kill religious leaders and security officials.