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Saudi Police Battle Suspected Militants

Saudi police fought a gunbattle with suspected Islamic militants who opened fire on a check-point in western Saudi Arabia Tuesday, a government source said. The shootout occurred near the city of Ta’if, near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, after gunmen fired on police manning the check-point in the mountainous region, the source said. There were no reports so far of casualties, he added. A local journalist told Al Jazeera television channel that police were hunting for the men in nearby mountains. Saudi Arabia has tightened security around Western targets after a weekend rampage by Islamic militants on the opposite side of the vast country which killed 22 civilians in the eastern city of Khobar. Three of the attackers escaped. It was not immediately clear if there was any link between Tuesday’s gunbattle and the weekend violence. Full Story

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