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U.K., Germany Close Saudi Embassies

Britain, Germany and Italy joined the United States in closing diplomatic offices in Saudi Arabia after officials warned al-Qaida was plotting new attacks and U.S. authorities raised the national terror alert level. As embassies and consulates shut down, Saudi security officials said three suspected al-Qaida militants had been arrested in the southwestern port of Jiddah. The arrests on Monday followed the suicide bombings of three residential compounds on the outskirts of Riyadh on May 12. No details of the arrests were released, and it was unclear whether investigators believe the three men were connected to the bombings. Authorities have linked the attacks to Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terror network. But in a newspaper interview published Wednesday, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, cautioned that he had no solid information about a connection. “As to whom these people are, some say they belong to al-Qaida, but I don’t have accurate information that confirms it,” Abdullah told the privately-owned, pro-government paper. Full Story

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