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Saudis 'kill militant fugitive'
Saudi security forces (file photo)
Saudi security forces have been fighting home-grown militants
Saudi security forces say they have killed a militant suspect who evaded capture on Tuesday after shooting incidents in which five policemen died.

Another militant who was captured at the time has also died of his wounds, the authorities say.

The two have been identified as numbers four and seven on a list of Saudi Arabia's most wanted militant suspects.

The violence took place in Qassim province in the kingdom's conservative heartland north of the capital Riyadh.

Abdul Rahman al-Mutib, the fugitive who was number four on the most wanted list, was killed a day after escaping a clash with police near Buraida, the province's capital, in which two officers died.

He had reportedly been in a car with Muhammad Abdul Rahman al-Suwailmi, number seven on the list.

Mutib evaded capture by hijacking another car. Suwailmi was mortally wounded when he attacked and killed another three policemen at a roadblock at al-Midhnab.

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An interior ministry source said he was "considered as one of the terrorist leaders".

He died of his wounds in custody earlier on Wednesday.

Since May 2003, militants - many loyal to Saudi-born dissident Osama Bin Laden - have frequently targeted Westerners in suicide bombings and kidnappings.

The struggle to contain the violence is one of the most pressing challenges facing the oil-rich kingdom's monarch, King Abdullah, who took the throne after the death of his brother Fahd in 2005.



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