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Arabia
Saudi police clash with suspected Islamists
2003-10-08
Two Saudi policemen were injured in a clash with suspected Islamists in the early hours of Wednesday in the Qassim region north of Riyadh, witnesses said. An officer of the intelligence service was injured in the face in the clash on a farm in the village of Malida near Qassim airport, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital, according to a witness.
Another raid on the farm boys.
Another witness said a member of the security forces was also injured in the clash which took place at about 2:00 am (2300 GMT Tuesday) and involved security forces backed up by a helicopter. This same witness said the forces were looking for at least three suspects who managed to escape the scene and that the area remained cordoned off on Wednesday afternoon. Saudi officials were not immediately available to confirm the incident.
Posted by:Steve

#2  Even more: The interior ministry, in a statement carried by the official news agency SPA, said the raid followed three arrests on Monday in a desert region east of Riyadh. "Security forces also received information on another terrorist cell, made up of four people, planning terrorist operations. They were able to arrest the most important member," it said. "He told police that his comrades were hiding in a farm in the Malida region," the ministry said. "The three wanted men came out of the farm with guns blazing, to which the security forces responded." It said the "terrorists" seized the car of a passer-by after their own vehicle was damaged, and managed to escape after wounding the two members of the security forces. "A large amount of powder used to make explosives as well as light arms were found in their car and in the farm," the statement said.
Posted by: Steve   2003-10-8 3:18:54 PM  

#1  More "details" : SAUDI security authorities today said they had discovered at least two terrorist cells and foiled plans for new attacks. A Saudi Interior Ministry official told the official Saudi Press Agency that four terrorists were arrested in two separate operations. Three others are still being pursued by police.
The official said agents, acting on a tip-off, arrested a member of a cell in al-Qassim, 350km northwest of the capital, Riyadh. The suspect said three of his colleagues were hiding in a nearby farm. Police raided the farm overnight and two security men were injured in firefight with fleeing suspects during a car chase. The suspects escaped, but agents uncovered large quantities of explosives on the farm, said the official, who was not identified. Al-Qassim has long been a hotbed of extremism.
Another tip-off identified a cell of three people in a desert area east of Riyadh, the official said. Security officials raided their hideout on Sunday and arrested all of them. The official would not identify the men in custody. He said the cells had been in the "early planning stages of terror operations". The targets of the plots were not identified.
Posted by: Steve   2003-10-8 2:55:31 PM  

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