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Saudi claims key scalp in hunt for militants behind Riyadh blasts

Saudi Arabia has claimed a key scalp in the hunt for militants wanted in connection with the May 12 suicide bombings in Riyadh, with the surrender of the man Washington branded Al-Qaeda’s senior operative in the kingdom. Ali Abdulrahman Said al-Faqaasi al-Ghamdi was number two on the list of 19 militants wanted by Saudi Arabia in connection with the triple bombings that killed 35 people and was blamed on Saudi-born Osama bin Laden’s terror network. He “voluntarily turned himself in Thursday to assistant interior minister for security affairs Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz,” the official SPA news agency quoted a ministry source as saying. In Washington, a US official said Ghamdi’s surrender was a significant setback to Al-Qaeda, taking out of action the network’s senior operative in the kingdom. Full Story

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