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Slayings Spurred Saudi Rescue

Saudi commandos stormed a compound where Islamic extremists had seized foreign oil workers after the gunmen began executing the hostages early Sunday, Saudi officials said. About 50 hostages were rescued, but one American and 21 other people were killed in the Persian Gulf city of Khobar, 250 miles northeast of Riyadh, the capital. Saudi officials said they captured the ringleader of the gunmen, adding that he was shot and wounded while trying to escape. They did not identify him by name but said he was among the 25 most wanted terrorism suspects in the kingdom. A group allied with al Qaeda asserted responsibility for the attack and released statements indicating that the plot was an attempt to destabilize world oil markets and drive a wedge between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Full Story

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