2004 Press Release

Saudi security forces kill two terrorists and uncover explosives laboratory

[Washington, DC]  -- Two terrorists were killed in two separate shootouts with Saudi security forces earlier this week in Riyadh.  Both terrorists were linked to a laboratory for preparing explosive devices, which was discovered by security forces in their investigations.  Two members of security forces were also killed in these incidents.

On Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at 3:30 p.m., a group of suspects, some of whom were armed, was observed leaving a house in the King Fahd suburb of the city of Riyadh.  Security forces tracked this group and ordered the vehicle they were driving to stop.  The suspects immediately opened fire on the security forces, who returned fire.  During the exchange, one of the suspects, Fahd bin Ali Aldakheel Algablan, and one member of the security forces, Private First Class Homoud bin Abdullah bin Homoud Al-Harbi, were killed.  Six other officers, one civilian and two foreign residents were wounded.  Security forces raided the house that the suspects were observed leaving, and seized, in addition to weapons such as machine guns and pistols, a laboratory for preparing explosive devices, equipment for forging documents, and materials for medical treatment and first aid.

On Thursday, July 1, 2004, in another incident in Riyadh, a suspected terrorist was killed. He has been identified as Awad bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Awad, who was wanted for his involvement in, among other things, the April 12 incident in the Riyadh suburb of Al-Fayha in which a security officer lost his life. Another suspect injured yesterday and now under arrest has been identified as Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Abdulwahab, wanted in connection with the murder of a German resident in Riyadh on May 22. One security officer, identified as Private Muslih bin Saad Al-Qarni, was killed in the shootout. Another was wounded, as was a member of the National Guard. The incident arose from the ongoing pursuit of a group of wanted suspects who were observed leaving the house in Riyadh’s King Fahd suburb on July 1, 2004.

Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan stated: “We have given these terrorists a last chance to surrender – they know what will happen to them if they do not.  Our brave security forces, who have sacrificed their lives time and again, are relentlessly pursuing Al-Qaeda; they are dismantling its cells and taking down its leaders one by one.”