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Saudis to allow guns for expats

Foreigners in Saudi Arabia are to be allowed to carry guns, the government said yesterday in an effort to reduce fears about al-Qaida attacks. Until now expatriates, including security staff, have been barred from holding firearms. Saudi citizens are allowed them but need a permit. Prince Nayef, the interior minister, said: “In principle a citizen has the right to carry a licensed weapon, and so does the resident; if he senses danger he can carry a personal weapon as he does in his country.” Al-Qaida has been attacking expatriates, mainly western, in an attempt to force an exodus which would demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s inability to protect them and undermine the Saudi and world economies. Full Story

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