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Saudi security forces step up hunt for militants

Saudi security units renewed their house-to-house search for militants in Riyadh yesterday as officials claimed significant progress in the battle against al-Qaida. Four militants killed on Friday night included Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin, who was regarded as the leading al-Qaida figure in the kingdom, and his alleged deputy, Faisal al-Dakheel. They were found in a car in the Malaz district of the capital, Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign affairs adviser to Crown Prince Abdullah, said in Washington. The resulting gun battle lasted several hours. “We have substantially weakened the organisation … We will continue to pursue them with vigour until we eliminate them from our midst,” he said. Saudi units clashed with suspected militants again last night and poured troops and vehicles into the Malaz district, but there was no word on any arrests. Full Story

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