Al-Qaida foils Saudi attack

Al-Qaida has foiled an attack by Saudi security forces on its members in Riyadh, Islamist websites have reported.

    Thirty five people were killed in May's Riyadh bombing

    Two websites carried a statement on

    Tuesday attributed to the "Al-Qaida Organisation in the

    Arabian Peninsula" outlining how the attack was thwarted.

     

    The group "was tipped off by elements within the Saudi security

    service about an impending attack against the mujahidin, who were

    in a public place in Al-Rabwa neighbourhood of Riyadh", the

    statement said.

    The alleged assault was supposed to take place on Friday night,

    said the statement, which was posted on

    www.alpalsam.com and a Yahoo message board.

    Riyadh attacks

    "On the basis of this information, the mujahidin evacuated the

    place and went to a safer spot," said the statement, which hailed

    "the security service members who cooperate with Al-Qaida".

    Saudi forces have repeatedly clashed with suspected al-Qaida sympathisers

    in the past months as they hunt for presumed members

    of the

     network.

    Hundreds of suspected Islamists have been rounded up

    since last May's triple bombings of residential compounds in Riyadh

    which killed 35 people.

    A car bomb went off at another expatriate housing complex in the

    Saudi capital in November, killing 17 people, mostly Arabs.

    In the last reported clash, Riyadh's police chief said security

    forces had arrested "a number of suspects" after a shootout with two

    gunmen in the Saudi capital on Sunday.

    SOURCE: AFP


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