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Blasts Kill 1 Before Powell's Saudi Visit

Hours before a visit by the American secretary of state, attackers shot their way into three compounds housing Westerners and Saudis and set off car bombs. At least one person was killed and 60 were injured, hospital and security officials said. U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan said, “We have unconfirmed reports of a couple of American deaths, but we do not have confirmation on those at this time.” In an interview with CNN he also said 40 of the injured were Americans. The string of attacks occurred in quick succession, capped by a fourth explosion early Tuesday outside the headquarters of a joint U.S.-Saudi owned company in Riyadh. Jordan joined other U.S. and Saudi officials in saying that the al-Qaida terror network was suspected of being behind the bombings. “It’s (al-Qaida) certainly a prime suspect, I would say,” Jordan said. An official at the Abdul-Rahman Al-Mishari hospital said a man in his early 20s was killed in the blasts. His body, along with five people suffering minor injuries, was brought to the hospital. Full Story

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