Exchange of fire near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia security forces have exchanged gunfire during a raid against wanted suspects involved in the 12 May triple bombings of civilian compounds in Riyadh.

    It was the latest in a series of raids

    Security sources said on Monday 10 people were arrested during the raid north of the capital Riyadh, reported Aljazeera.

    It was the latest in a series of crackdowns launched by the kingdom to capture those suspected of involvement in violent acts within Saudi Arabia.

    The kingdom has been under mounting pressure, particularly from the United States, to crack down on suspected militants.

    Saudi opposition dissident Sa’ad Faqih in London, said the raid was part of ongoing operations to seize those suspected in 12 May bombings, which left 39 people killed.

    Al-Faqih said Washington has called on Riyadh to arrest some 12,000 Saudis as part of US efforts in the so-called “war on terrorism”.

    Under US pressure, the kingdom has sacked dozens of clerics since the attacks against the compounds and ordered an overhaul of religious schools.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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