Saudi Arabia: Eight arrested for French expats killings
Saudi security forces yesterday arrested eight people who are suspected of aiding the wanted terrorists behind the Feb. 26 terrorist shooting of four French nationals near Madain Saleh, 90 kms north of Madinah, an Interior Ministry statement announced yes
The statement added that Waleed ibn Mutlaq Al-Radadi, a Saudi national who was killed in a shootout in Madinah during the early hours of April 6, was the mastermind behind the murders. Al-Radadi, 23, featured on a 2005 list of 36 most-wanted terror suspects in the Kingdom. A police officer was killed and two others were also injured in the shootout.
Providing information about the murders on that fatal February day, the Interior Ministry said that Al-Radadi was traveling to the village of Al-Melaileh accompanied by Majid ibn Ma’aidh ibn Rashid Al-Harbi, a wanted terrorist currently on the run, when they spotted the lost French tourists who were looking for the remnants of the Hejaz Railway.
Al-Harbi and Al-Radadi left the scene only to return later with another wanted terrorist Abdullah ibn Sayer Al-Muhammadi. The three men then triggered the killings.
After the shooting, the three Saudis were joined by Nasser ibn Lateef Al-Balawi, who too is on the run.
Following the Madinah shootout in which Al-Radadi was killed, forensic experts found guns at Al-Radadi’s hide-out that were used in the French killings.
In their statement, the Interior Ministry called on wanted suspects to turn themselves in at the closest police station.
Last Mod: 20 Nisan 2007, 15:08