2003 Press Release

Top Al-Qaeda fugitive surrenders to Saudi authorities

[Washington DC] – The Ministry of Interior has announced that Ali Abdulrahman Said Alfagsi, also known as Ali Al-Ghamdi, voluntarily surrendered to Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs. Al-Ghamdi is considered to be one of the top Al-Qaeda operatives in Saudi Arabia and is suspected of being one of the masterminds of the May 12 bombings in Riyadh.

According to Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan: “This is a major arrest and a huge victory in the war against terrorism.”

Al-Ghamdi is believed to have conspired with another top Al-Qaeda operative Yousif Salih Fahad Al-Ayeeri, also known as “Swift Sword.”  Al-Ayeeri was killed in a gun battle with Saudi authorities three weeks ago.

More than 40 suspected terrorists have been arrested in the Kingdom since the May 12 bombings

“Al-Ghamdi is in custody and under interrogation.  We hope that our interrogations will provide information that will lead to additional arrests,” stated Prince Bandar.