Riyadh shaken, bloodied by a 'Saudi Sept. 11'
The scene was grimly familiar: a multistory building with its front sheared off, affording an almost obscene view into the innards of what just hours earlier had been apartments housing Americans and other foreigners working in Saudi Arabia. Once again, terrorists had struck in the country that is the birthplace of Islam and of the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, Osama bin Laden. Hours after the Vinnell Arabia Compound here was bombed, a strong burnt smell hung in the air Tuesday. The ground was littered with bits of masonry and tufts of insulation. A sign on a wrecked thrift shop was still intact: It read: ”Vinnell Arabia Thrift Shop/Operated by the Ladies of Vinnell Arabia.” As a choking desert wind suddenly kicked up, flinging around scraps of debris, Secretary of State Colin Powell stood before the wrecked building in the Vinnell compound, one of three residential areas heavily damaged by nearly simultaneous car bombings Monday night. Full Story