Saudi forces arrest injured insurgent

The Saudi Arabian authorities say they have arrested a suspected Islamist insurgent wounded in a shootout with police at a checkpoint east of the capital Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabian security forces have been battling insurgents

    Police found the insurgent's car packed with explosives and weapons on Monday.

    The Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency that the man belonged to the "deviant group", the term used by Saudi authorities to describe al-Qaida.

    The firefight on Monday was the latest such incident in the oil-rich kingdom where insurgents have been targeted by the government since a wave of attacks started in May 2003.

    The suspect had refused to show police his identification after leaving his car, then "opened fire in the direction of security force members and tried to flee in another car", a ministry official said.

    "There was an exchange of fire with him and he was wounded," the official said.

    Security forces found powerful explosives, grenades and other weapons including Kalashnikov assault rifles, ammunition and about 20,000 Saudi riyals ($5000).

    Confusion

    Previously an Interior Ministry spokesman had said two suspects were hit in the gunfight without disclosing their condition, while Al-Watan newspaper reported that one had managed to escape.

    A security source had earlier said two members of the security forces were wounded in the firefight late on Monday.

    Saudi Arabia has been battling anti-government fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network, who have staged several bloody attacks on foreign residents, government sites and energy-related installations in the past two years.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.