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Saudi Ambassador Found Dead in Ivory Coast

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Ivory Coast was found dead in a pool of blood in the country’s main city, Abidjan, on Friday and the Ivorian government said it was a “barbaric act” of murder. Mohammed Ahmad al-Rasheed’s body was found lying face down in a pool of blood on the stairs of his apartment building on Friday morning, police sources said. Saudi officials in Riyadh said there was no sign of an attack but diplomats said the body was naked when it was discovered, and some said the ambassador’s throat had been cut. It was impossible to verify the reports immediately. The Ivorian government blamed “the enemies of Ivory Coast” for the killing, hinting that rebels who have been fighting a six-month civil war in the West African country may have carried out the crime in a bid to discredit the authorities. Diplomats, however, said there was no suggestion the murder was politically motivated or linked to Saudi Arabia’s opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Full Story

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