Saudi bombing deaths rise
The Saudi authorities say at least 29 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in apparently co-ordinated suicide bomb attacks against Western targets in the capital Riyadh. Several Americans and a number of other foreigners – including two Filipinos – are believed to be among those who died in the attacks which came only hours before a visit to the city by US Secretary of State Colin Powell. The dead also included nine suspected bombers, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. Earlier US figures suggested that up to 10 Americans had been killed. The attackers – believed to be members of Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network – drove cars packed with explosives at three foreign housing compounds, detonating them with devastating effect. A fourth blast was reported to have targeted the headquarters of a joint Saudi-US company, but caused no casualties.
Riyadh bomb victims