Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Saudi prince assassination attempt

August 30, 2009 13:27


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Al-Qaida on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that lightly wounded a senior Saudi prince largely credited with the kingdom's aggressive anti-terrorism program. The terrorist organization's branch in the Arabian Peninsula said Sunday the attacker traveled from Yemen to Saudi Arabia on a plane sent by Saudi's assistant interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, because the militant said he wanted to surrender. Prince Mohammed, who sustained minor injuries to his hand when the bomber detonated his explosives, has said he ordered his guards not to search the militant when he arrived at his home in Jiddah for a gathering celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Yemen's foreign minister said Saturday that the militant came from the Yemeni province of Marib.

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