2006 News Story

Five suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists killed in shootout

In a follow-up to earlier statements on Friday’s attack on the Abqaiq oil refinery, the Ministry of Interior said today that five suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists were killed by Saudi security forces in Riyadh. A sixth suspect was arrested in a separate incident.

In its statement, the Ministry said that security forces raided a suspected Al Qaeda safehouse in Riyadh’s Yarmouk neighborhood. A shootout ensued, and the five suspects were killed.

A second raid in Riyadh resulted in the arrest of a sixth suspected terrorist, the Ministry said.

None of the security forces were injured in the two raids.

The Ministry also said that additional statements would be released.

On Friday, Saudi security forces foiled an attempted terrorist attack on the Abqaiq oil facility. Two members of the Saudi security forces were killed in the attack and four were injured. The two perpetrators of the attack were identified as Mohammed bin Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Ghaith, No. 8 on the Kingdom’s most-wanted list, and Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Tuwaijri, No. 9. Both were members of Al Qaeda.