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Bombings and arrests in Saudi Arabia

The May 12 suicide bombings killed 23 people, including nine Americans.  Twelve other bodies were identified as attackers.
The May 12 suicide bombings killed 23 people, including nine Americans. Twelve other bodies were identified as attackers.

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) -- A large explosion rocked a Riyadh residential compound housing foreigners and Saudis a day after the United States warned of terrorist attacks in the kingdom which is battling a surge in Islamist violence.

Following is a chronology of attacks and arrests since triple suicide bombings gutted three Riyadh housing compounds on May 12 and killed 35 people, including nine Americans. Saudi Arabia blames the attacks on the al Qaeda network.

May 12 - Suicide bombers attack compounds in the Saudi capital Riyadh killing 35 people. At least 200 are wounded.

June 7 - Saudi Arabia names 12 suicide bombers who attacked the three housing compounds and says 10 suspects are still sought. Interior Minister Prince Nayef says Saudi Arabia has so far detained 25 people.

June 14 - State-owned television says five "terrorists" and two policemen are killed in a shootout in the holy city of Mecca.

June 20 - Security forces in Mecca arrest four Saudi women after raiding a flat rented by a suspected militant.

June 27 - Saudi Arabia confirms that one of the men wanted in connection with the May 12 bombings, Ali Abdulrahman Saeed al-Faqa'asi al-Ghamdi, handed himself over to Saudi authorities.

July 3 - Saudi Arabia says a key suspect in the Riyadh bombings, Turki Nasser al-Dandani, and three other "wanted terrorists" were killed in a shootout with security forces.

July 21 - Saudi Arabia says it arrests 16 militants planning more attacks.

August 13 - Interior minister says Saudi Arabia arrests five Muslim militants after a Riyadh shootout in which four policeman and an Islamist were killed two days earlier.

September 17 - Riyadh says Yemen handed over a suspected al Qaeda member and seven other wanted Saudis to the kingdom.

September 23 - At least one Saudi policeman and three militants are killed in a shootout in the southern Jizan province.

October 22 - Saudi envoy to London, Prince Turki al-Faisal, says Riyadh has arrested nearly 600 people since the Riyadh bombings. He said of those arrested, around 190 had already been released, between 70 and 90 were being sent for trial and between 250 and 300 were still being interrogated.

November 3 - Saudi police kill two Islamic militants in a clash in Mecca, foiling a "terrorist" plot and seizing rocket-propelled grenades, guns, explosives and ammunition.

November 6 - Two Muslim militants blow themselves up during a police raid in Mecca, hours after another militant was shot dead in the capital Riyadh.

November 7 - United States says terrorists are planning attacks in Saudi Arabia. U.S. missions close in the kingdom on Saturday.

November 9 - Explosions rock Riyadh residential compound housing foreigners and Saudis.



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