ABU DHABI ° Saudi security forces have engaged in a daylight
shootout with Al Qaida insurgents near the kingdom's capital.
Saudi security sources said the shootout took place on Thursday in a
village north of Riyad regarded as sympathetic to Al Qaida. They said four
Al Qaida insurgents and a Saudi officer were killed.
An Interior Ministry statement said a security officer was shot dead and
were wounded in the gun battle. The ministry said ammunition and weapons
╣were found in the possesion of the gunmen, Middle East Newsline reported.
Security officers said a Saudi security force targeted a suspected Al
Qaida stronghold in a rest house in Buraida. The
insurgents opened automatic and rocket-propelled grenade fire toward the
"As soon as the security forces began their task at the location, they
came under heavy machine-gun fire," a security officer quoted by the
official Saudi Press Agency said. "Four of the wanted men were killed and
another was wounded. A security man was martyred and two of his comrades
were injured. Weapons and ammunition were found."
The sources said the RPG used by Al Qaida in the Buraida battle was
similar to that fired against Saudi security officers in Riyad on April 18.
They did not elaborate.
Several of the Al Qaida insurgents escaped Buraida, the sources said.
sources said Saudi security officers used reconnaissance aircraft in the
search for the insurgents.
Saudi sources identified one of the Al Qaida casualties as Bandar Al
Dakheel. Al Dakheel has been number 18 on the Saudi list of the top 26 Al
Qaida fugitives published by the kingdom in 2003.
Another clash was reported in Al Qassim about 320 kilometers from Riyad.
The ministry said two security officers and an insurgency suspect were