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Saudi prince injured by militant


A wanted militant blew himself up in the office of a Saudi prince responsible for security, state news agency SPA has reported.

The man had said he wanted to personally tell Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in his Jeddah Interior Ministry office that he would give himself up.

The prince, who was meeting well-wishers for the holy month of Ramadan, was slightly injured.

The news agency did not identify the suicide bomber.

Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television showed Prince Mohammed meeting King Abdullah later.

He has been involved in the kingdom's anti-terror strategy.

This was the first known assassination attempt against a member of the royal family since Saudi Arabia began its operation against militants eight years ago.

Last month, Saudi officials said that a criminal court had convicted and sentenced more than 300 al-Qaeda militants to jail terms and fines - the first known trials of their kind.

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