Saudi security besiege wanted persons in Dammam
Saudi Arabia, Local, 9/6/2005
Saudi Arabian security sources said that the security forces continued besieging a site where wanted gunmen are hiding in al-Hamra quarters in Dammam city in the eastern region of the country which overlooks the Gulf.
This followed clashes in the same area on Sunday that resulted in killing one policeman and two gunmen and injuring other 13 policemen.
The sources explained that the area has been witnessing frequent gun fire, but gave no mention whether these confrontations resulted in casualties, noting that the authorities summoned security reinforcement from the capital Riyadh along with bulldozers and heavy equipment.
Witnesses said that they saw from the area, which was evacuated from citizens, ambulances carrying injured security men whose number was not identified.
The security sources stressed that its forces are not in a hurry to break into the position of the gunmen, and this stems from the desire to arrest the wanted alive in order to get information form them on the moves of members of al-Qaida organization in Saudi Arabia. This organization is held by the Saudi authorities as responsible for the attacks that took place in the Kingdom since May 2003.
The Saudi dailies issued on Monday said the number of besieged gunmen is between 6 to 10, noting that they show great resistance in withstanding the security forces. The security forces described the two besieged and gunmen who were killed as wanted persons, but it was not known if they are on the list of the 36 most-wanted which was published on June 28th.
Worthy mentioning that the last clash between the Saudi security forces and wanted persons took place in mid August in Riyadh and al-Madina al-Munawarra. In the clashes of al-Madina al-Munawarra the leader of al-Qaida organization in Saudi Arabia Saleh al-Ofi was killed while many wanted were arrested in Riyadh.
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