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Saudi, Yemen Agree To Fight Weapons Smuggling

Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed on Sunday to work together to fight weapons smuggling amid heightened security fears following last month’s suicide bombings on expatriate compounds in the Saudi capital. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef said he hoped the agreement would help “limit terrorist activity…and control smuggling operations.” He was speaking after talks with his Yemeni counterpart Rshad al-Alimi. At a joint news conference broadcast on Saudi television, Alimi was asked about media reports that the Riyadh suicide bombers had used explosives smuggled from Yemen. “Saudi authorities informed us that weapons were being smuggled from Yemen… The issue of smuggling and combating it need large resources and we are trying within our resources,” he said. Saudi authorities have confiscated weapons and explosives in raids throughout the country following the May 12 blasts which killed 35 people. They blame Saudi-born Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network for the bombings. Full Story

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