Saudi dissidents killed in shootout

Three men, one of them apparently a wanted dissident, have been shot dead by security forces in Riyadh.

Saudi authorities have been cracking down on dissidents
Saudi authorities have been cracking down on dissidents

Witnesses said on Friday that the three were gunned down during a clash in al-Malaz district in the centre of the Saudi capital – in what has become a bloody day for the kingdom.

The fighting broke out shortly after al-Qaida announced the execution of US citizen Paul Johnson.

Residents said one of the dead fighters was believed to be a top wanted Saudi dissident.

Unclear if Johnson’s body found

Shortly earlier, an AFP correspondent saw dozens of security men deployed in al-Munisiyah neighbourhood in eastern Riyadh amid reports that the body of American aeronautics engineer Paul Johnson had been dumped there. But no body was found.

“Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” on Friday night posted gruesome pictures on Islamist web sites showing a beheaded Johnson, with his head placed on his back as he lay in a pool of blood.

Security forces also cordoned off two locations in the al-Rawdah neighbourhood in the eastern sector of the capital on Friday night.

Source : News Agencies

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