Saudi opposition announces killing of two scholars in al-Madina, detentions in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 5/29/2003
The US has warned against the danger of more attacks in Saudi Arabia.
The American ambassador to Riyadh Robert Jordan said that Washington believes that the danger of more attacks in Saudi Arabia is still there. He added in press statements to journalists at the headquarters of the American embassy "we are not convinced that this danger is eliminated or retreated." The US reopened its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia on Sunday after they were closed for four days because of warnings of more attacks.
Meantime, a Saudi security source announced that five persons were arrested in al-Madina al-Mounawara including one who is suspected to be "the mastermind" for causing the Riyadh explosions. Saudi press sources said that the five suspected persons were arrested in an Internet Cafe in the city.
The deputy chief editor of the Saudi daily Riyadh Youssef al-Kawalit said that 8 persons were arrested on the ground of the 8 explosions.
Al-Kawalit explained that among the detainees is Abdul Rahman al-Ghamidi, one of the most important wanted, already sought by the Saudi authorities.
The Saudi authorities said that al-Ghamidi is among 19 men the local authorities want to detain over being involved in "terrorist acts" following a fire exchange with the security forces in Riyadh earlier this month.
On the other hand, the spokesman for the opposition Islamic movement for reforms ( al-Islah) Saad al- Faqih announced the killing of two Saudi scholars in an attack launched by the security forces against a house in al-Madina al-Munawwara..
Al-Faqih whose movement takes London as a headquarters said that the two Sheikhs Ali al-Khadeir and Ahmad al-Khalidi were killed on Monday in a breaking in operations by several members of members of the Saudi special forces of the house they were hiding with many of their students, one of the students was also killed in the same explosion.
The two killed scholar, however, are known for issuing Fatwas supporting "Jihad against the crusaders." they joined Sheikh Naser Bin Hamad al-Fahad in the decision to disappear before the beginning of the war against Iraq. From their hiding, the two sheikhs continued issuing Fatwa criticizing the Saudi leaders who gave military facilitation to the Americans and the Britons.
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