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Saudi troops free 25 hostages, kidnappers cut throats of nine

Elite Saudi security forces rescued 25 hostages held by four suspected Al-Qaeda extremists but nine others were murdered during a violent overnight standoff with police, a survivor said. Jordanian computer engineer Nijar Hijazin said he was among the hostages who were pulled from the ceiling of the residential compound after helicopter-borne troops raided the building to end the 24-hour siege. He said seven Asians, a Swede and an Italian had their throats slit during the night, after the extremist kidnappers earlier killed at least 10 people including foreigners in an armed rampage through this Saudi oil city. “The nine had their throats cut by the kidnappers when they tried to escape at night by the stairs,” said Hijazin, who added that he was pulled from the roof of the compound after the Saudi troops attacked around dawn. Full Story

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