- Title: SAUDI ARABIA: TWO SUSPECTED MILITANTS KILL WITH POLICEMAN IN RIYADH SHOOTOUT
- Date: 30th June 2004
- Summary: (W6) RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (JUNE 30, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. WIDE OF AFTERMATH OF SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE AND POLICE VEHICLES ON THE STREET 0.06 2. VARIOUS OF POLICE VEHICLES AND POLICE ON THE STREET 0.23 3. SLV SECURITY WITH MACHINEGUNS STANDING BY VEHICLE 0.36 4. SLV OF SOLDIERS WITH MACHINE GUN 0.42 5. WIDE OF CROWD PAN TO POLICE VEHICLES 0.54 6. WIDE OF POLICE VEHICLES WITH FLASHING LIGHTS AND ARMED POLICE IN FRONT OF BUILDING 1.04 7. AV HELICOPTER FLYING OVERHEAD/ PAN DOWN OF CROWD 1.11 8. AV HELICOPTER FLYING OVERHEAD 1.17 9. WIDE OF POLICE IN STREET/ PULLOUT TO POLICE ROAD BLOCK 1.49 4. SLV ROADBLOCK AND SECURITY IN STREET Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 15th July 2004 13:00
- Location: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Reuters ID: LVAAI3GFCIZ595VZW68IG1A8P3O2
- Story Text: Two suspected militants and a Saudi policeman are
killed during a shootout in eastern Riyadh.
Two suspected militants and a Saudi policeman were killed
on Wednesday (June 30, 2004) during a shootout in eastern Riyadh.
The gun battle was the first pitting police and
suspected militants since Saudi forces killed Abdul Aziz
al-Muqrin, leader of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network in
Saudi Arabia, 12 days ago. Three other senior militants
were also killed then.
Security sources said at least two people were also
wounded in the shooting, but it was not immediately clear
if they were policemen or militants. Police surrounded the
Quds area of Riyadh and helicopters hovered overhead.
Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, has
been battling a year-long wave of attacks by al
Qaeda-linked militants who are bent on toppling the
After Muqrin's death, the Saudi wing of al Qaeda named
Saleh al-Awfi as the new leader of the group.
At least 85 policemen and civilians, many of them
foreigners, have been killed in the shootings and suicide
bombings blamed on al Qaeda. Last week, Saudi de facto
ruler Crown Prince Abdullah announced a limited government
amnesty for militants who surrender. Official said the
families of their victims could still press for punishment.
Al Qaeda, in an Internet newsletter, denounced the amnesty
and said it was doomed to fail.
In al Qaeda's bloodiest attack so far, 22 civilians
were killed last month in the eastern oil city of Khobar
after a shooting and hostage-taking spree.
The United States and Britain, key allies of Saudi
Arabia, have urged their 65,000 citizens in the kingdom to
leave, citing the possibility of further militant attacks.
Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal has vowed to
protect foreign residents, but say the kingdom's battle
with al Qaeda was not yet over.
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