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Saudi Terror Alert: Two Qaeda suspects, policeman shot dead

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This report from southern Saudi is not good:

RIYADH — Two suspected members of Al-Qaeda were killed and a third was arrested in a firefight in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday that also resulted in the death of a policeman, the interior ministry said.

The official SPA news agency quoted ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki as saying the early morning shootout took place at a police checkpoint in Jizan province on the southern border with Yemen.

Turki told the agency that two of the three suspects, who had been on board a vehicle, were wearing women’s clothing and wore explosives vests and carried grenades.

“More grenades, automatic weapons and bomb-making materials” were also found in the vehicle, he added.

More info as we get it.

Update: No more info readily available. The Saudi security forces apparently did a good thing, and had the instincts to share right away. But that may be the last we hear about this specific case for some time.

via AFP: Two Qaeda suspects, policeman shot dead in Saudi.

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3 Responses

  1. Michael Roston says:

    I’m glad the bombs were only found in the vehicle.

  2. libtree09 says:

    This is interesting…Osama is said to hate the royal family…so he attacked us…maybe he is taking a more direct stance this time.

  3. Nathan Deuel says:

    Thanks to you both for writing. Yeah, Osama — alive or dead — is one of many here and abroad who don’t necessarily love the royal family. It’s tough, in a place with so much money, for so many to be unemployed (25 percent or so), not to own their own home (75 percent) and to see royals living rather well, to say the least.

    As for this bombing: Yeah, thank god (or somebody) the bad guys were stopped away from a population center. But this summer detonators and other materials were found in Riyadh, and last spring more than 44 alleged militants were arrested here. They’re out there. It’s probably just a matter of time until something else happens, in Riyadh or elsewhere.

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