2004 Press Release

Saudi Authorities Clash With Suspected Terrorists
Saudi security forces clash with suspected terrorists in Riyadh

[Washington, DC] -- During a shootout on the streets of Saudi Arabia’s capital, security forces killed Abdul-Rahman bin Nayef bin Rabeh Al-Sahli and wounded Abdullah bin Ghallab bin Alil Al-Sahli, both of whom were wanted by authorities in connection with ongoing terror investigations.

On Monday evening, a security patrol in the eastern part of the city of Riyadh observed a Toyota pickup with stolen plates.  The two occupants of the vehicle ignored orders to stop, started firing and fled.  A pursuit resulted in damage to the vehicle, and an exchange of fire that led to the killing of one and the wounding of the other.  No civilians or security officers were injured during the exchange.

Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan stated: “These criminals are finding it difficult to operate in Saudi Arabia because we are committed to putting an end to the threat they pose.  We are proud of the vigilance and brave efforts of our security forces to protect the innocent from these deviants.”

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 600 individuals from different nations with suspected ties to terrorism since September 11, 2001.  Since May of last year, 16 Saudi security officers have lost their lives and 31 have been injured in counter-terrorism operations.