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By FAIZA SALEH AMBAH, Associated Press Writer

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The top al-Qaida fugitive wanted in the Riyadh suicide bombings died in an explosion Thursday, an Interior Ministry official said. A television report said he killed himself as police moved in to capture him.


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Turki Nasser al-Dandani blew himself up in the northern province of al-Jawf, 560 miles north of the capital Riyadh, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official gave no further details on the blast.

The Dubai-based television Al-Arabiya reported al-Dandani killed himself with two other militants after being cornered by police in al-Jawf. The satellite channel did not identify other casualties nor did it give sources.

Al-Dandani, a member of the Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) al-Qaida terror network, was being pursued for his alleged involvement in the suicide bombings of Westerners' housing compounds in Riyadh on May 12, which killed 25 people as well as nine attackers.

He became the most wanted man in Saudi Arabia after last week's arrest of the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi. Al-Ghamdi surrendered on Saturday at the home of Deputy Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayaf.

Interior Minister Prince Nayef said at the time that "some important suspects" were still at large, and al-Dandani's name was the foremost mentioned in news reports.

Al-Dandani was the No. 1 figure on the wanted list of 19 suspected militants that Saudi police published after the discovery of an arms cache in Riyadh on May 6.

U.S. counterterrorism officials in Washington predicted that al-Ghamdi's arrest would severely hamper al-Qaida's operations in Saudi Arabia, and al-Dandani's death is likely to further diminish the group's capacity.

The kingdom is the birthplace of al-Qaida leader bin Laden, and home to 15 of the 19 hijackers who took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Saudi authorities have detained at least 125 people since the May 12 attacks in a major sweep that has seen armed police manning checkpoints in major cities, checking identity papers and searching cars.

Last month, police raided an apartment in Mecca where they found members of an alleged terror cell who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks in the city, Islam's holiest.

The interior minister said last month that he thought al-Qaida was involved in the Riyadh suicide bombings, in which nine assailants blew up vehicles at housing compounds for expatriates.

"I think it is al-Qaida (who executed the attacks) and there might be other (terror) organizations who helped or worked closely in the attacks," Prince Nayef told the state-controlled Saudi newspaper Okaz.

The prince said this week that among the detainees are several other people linked to al-Qaida, men who returned from Afghanistan (news - web sites), foreign nationals and at least five women.

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Originally posted by americanmade

Do you ever get tired of being a cunt???

you even have a little monkey sidekick in the form of americanmade to cheer you on, how cute...and how low. :rolleyes:

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Originally posted by sassa

you're so pathetic. does it ever end? don't you get tired of being a moron?

i had enough of you , you god damned terrorist. make yourself useful and go blow up a mosque or something,

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