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Powell, in Riyadh, Sees Signs of Al Qaeda in Series of Explosions

At least 10 Americans and many others were killed in a series of explosions that struck residential compounds and a business in the Saudi capital on Monday night, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said today. Mr. Powell and the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, condemned what they said were terrorist attacks, and they resolved to increase their efforts to crush those who carry out such acts. Earlier, the secretary said the attacks had the earmarks of the terrorist network Al Qaeda. Mr. Powell arrived here this morning for scheduled meetings with Saudi leaders. A hospital official said more than 25 people, mostly foreigners, were killed and scores wounded in the attacks, Reuters quoted a hospital official as saying. There were reports of 50 injured at local hospitals, American officials said. The explosions occurred at private compounds for some of the thousands of foreign business personnel who work in Saudi Arabia. American officials said that among the dead and injured were British, Saudi and Philippine citizens. Full Story

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