2006 Press Release

Saudi forces kill five most wanted, including Al-Qaeda leader

WASHINGTON, DC [February 28, 2006] – The Ministry of Interior today released the identities of four of the five Al-Qaeda militants killed when Saudi security forces raided a Riyadh safehouse yesterday. The raid was carried out in connection with the foiled February 24 terrorist attack on the Abqaiq oil facility, in which two members of the Saudi security forces died.

Since February 24, five militants on the Kingdom’s list of 36 most wanted terrorists have been killed. Three of the most wanted militants were killed in yesterday’s raid. They were identified as Al-Qaeda’s leader in Saudi Arabia, Fahd Aljuwair, No. 2 on the list; Ibrahim Almateer, No. 11; and Abdullah Alshammari, No. 15.

Two additional militants on the list were killed during the failed attack on the Abqaiq facility. They have been identified as Mohammed Al-Ghaith, No. 8 on the list, and Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri, No. 9.

“The ability of Saudi security to foil the terrorists’ attack, then quickly track down and confront those responsible, speaks clearly to the level of improved intelligence gathering, training, and experience our forces have acquired,” remarked Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Turki Al-Faisal. “In the intelligence area alone, we have seen great gains thanks to the Saudi people, who are galvanized against terrorism and continue to provide us with many leads.”

Two additional terrorists were also killed in the raid – Jaffal Al-Shammari, who was not on the most wanted list, and a fifth militant whose identity has not yet been released.  A sixth suspected terrorist was arrested in a separate raid in Riyadh on February 27.