View Full Version : Saudi prince survives Qaeda suicide attack

08-28-2009, 06:51 PM
JEDDAH: A suicide bomber failed in his attempt to kill the prince who heads Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism campaign, the first attack on a member of the royal family since the start of a wave of violence by Al-Qaeda six years ago. Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the deputy interior minister, was meeting well-wishers on Thursday when a man blew himself up, a ministry spokesman said.
Al Arabiya television showed Prince Mohammed, apparently slightly injured, meeting King Abdullah after the attack. Prince Mohammed told King Abdullah that the attacker was a wanted militant who had indicated he was going to turn himself in. "I did not want him to be searched, but he surprised me by blowing himself up," said Prince Mohammed, who was shown on state television with a bandage around two of his fingers on his left hand.
This will only increase our determination to eradicate this (militancy)," said Prince Mohammed, who is the son of Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, recently named second deputy crown prince. Earlier this month, Saudi authorities announced the arrest of 44 militants close to Al-Qaeda and the seizure of explosives, detonators and firearms.
HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yesterday sent a cable to King Abdullah in which he strongly denounced the terrorist attack that targeted Prince Mohammad. HH the Amir reaffirmed Kuwait's repudiation of such terrorist acts that contradict with teachings of Islam, praying to Allah All Mighty to preserve Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
The attack indicates that the threat is out there waiting to happen - sometimes at closer range than you would think," said one Western diplomat in Saudi, who declined to be named. "The royals will have plenty of reasons to worry in a country where weapons apparently find easy entry from porous borders to the north from Iraq or the south from Yemen.


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