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Fortified Saudi Compounds Fail to Protect Expats

Armed guards and high walls around fortified compounds gave scant protection to expatriates living in the Saudi capital Riyadh when suicide bombers shot their way into three complexes to set off huge car bombs. At least 25 people, including 10 Americans, died overnight, hours before Secretary of State Colin Powell flew in on Tuesday. He blamed Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda group for the synchronised suicide assaults that gutted homes as people slept. By residents’ accounts, the attackers appeared to have driven through the gates of the three housing compounds, guns blazing, and charged past armed guards in a hail of automatic fire before detonating massive charges aboard their vehicles. Police and soldiers milled about mangled cars and destroyed buildings, collecting evidence from mounds of debris and surveying the extensive damage. Full Story

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