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Riyadh bombings claim 9th American

The May 12 suicide bombings claimed the lives of 26 people, including the attackers.
The May 12 suicide bombings claimed the lives of 26 people, including the attackers.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A ninth American has died of injuries sustained in May's terrorist bomb attacks at a housing complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a State Department spokesman said Sunday.

Spokesman Lou Fintor confirmed the death but refused to offer details, citing the family's request for privacy.

The May 12 suicide bombings killed 26 people, including eight other Americans. Nine bombers also died. U.S. and Saudi officials blame the attacks on the al Qaeda terror network.

By the end of the week, a smaller FBI team is scheduled to replace a 60-person FBI investigating team sifting through the evidence. The larger team is expected to return to the United States.

Saudi Arabia's interior minister said Wednesday that 11 people have been arrested in the investigation.

In an interview given to Arab television networks, Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz said the arrests happened Monday night in the Islamic holy city of Medina.

One suspect tried to flee the city with three women, believed to be the wives of some of the arrested men; the women were also arrested.

Three of the 11 are clerics, Nayef said. Their names are Ali al Khuder, Ahmed el Khalidi, and Ahmed el Fahd.


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