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Saudi missile haul raises fears of air attack

Saudi authorities have seized a lorry load of surface-to-air missiles which had been smuggled into the country from Yemen, adding to fears over the safety of aircraft in the kingdom, it was reported yesterday. The SAM missiles are said to have been concealed on a two-deck car transporter which was intercepted on a desert road near the Red Sea port of Jeddah. A BBC report, citing Saudi officials, said the seizure took place last month, but it was unclear how many missiles had been found. British Airways suspended its flights to the kingdom on August 13 after a warning that one of its planes might be shot down during landing or take-off in Riyadh. Plans for an attack were apparently uncovered during raids in the Saudi capital between August 10 and 12. Following the suicide attacks on housing compounds in Riyadh, in which 35 people including nine attackers were killed on May 12, Saudi officials claimed successes in rounding up suspected extremists. Full Story

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