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Riyadh Accuses Al-Qaeda Of Mecca Bomb Plot

Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that 12 suspected Islamic militants arrested after a shootout with police in the holy city of Mecca were linked to the Al-Qaeda network. Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz told the Al-Yaum daily that more than 40 suspects had been arrested or killed in the kingdom since the May 12 bombings. Asked if the militants were linked to the Riyadh bombings, which officials have blamed on the Al-Qaeda network, the prince said: “In terms of (belonging) to the group, yes. As for direct connection (with the Riyadh bombers) the investigation is just beginning.” Stung by American charges that it had not done enough to prevent the bombings of three Western compounds in Riyadh which killed 35 people, Saudi Arabia has gone on the offensive against suspected Islamic militants, raiding houses and combing areas where they might be hiding. Full Story

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