Saudi security forces have killed one of Saudi Arabia’s most wanted terror suspects: Khalid Ali Ali-Haj, whose name appears on the Ministry of Interior’s list of the 26 most wanted that was published last December. Ali-Haj was a Yemeni national who trained at Al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan where he worked closely with Osama bin Laden.
At a checkpoint in Riyadh yesterday, security forces came under fire from Khalid Ali Ali-Haj and one other suspect, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Muzeini, after ordering them to stop their vehicle. Security forces immediately returned fire, killing both suspects. No civilians or security officers were injured during the exchange. Security forces searched the car and found six hand grenades, two Kalashnikov assault rifles, ten Kalashnikov ammunition magazines, three 9-mm pistols and the equivalent of about $137,000 in cash.
Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan stated: “We are uprooting the Al-Qaeda network and we are also going after the money and the mindset that supports these evildoers.”
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 members of Saudi security forces have been killed and 31 injured in counterterrorism operations.
[Photographs of Khalid Ali Ali-Haj and others on the list of the 26 most wanted]