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Saudi Compound Could Be a Model

Until about two months ago, the large metal gate at the Jedawal residential community stayed open from 6 a.m. to midnight. But for reasons he cannot quite explain, Mohammed Ahamed had a brainstorm. “Something came to my mind: ‘Mohammed, why not keep the gate closed?’ ” recalled Ahamed, a gregarious man with a wide smile and scruffy beard who is Jedawal’s security chief. That decision, combined with some thick, steel gates, likely saved many lives. Unlike the two other Riyadh gated communities hit by terror blasts Monday night, the suicide bombers could not get past the gate at Jedawal and instead exploded their GMC covered pickup truck outside the facility. The blast killed two men in the truck and three associates standing outside with grenades strapped to their waists. The attackers also killed two security guards as they approached the gate. But no residents died. Full Story

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