Skip to main content
The Web      Powered by
powered by Yahoo!

Saudis say two militants killed

Officials say they are 'getting closer' to arrests

From Caroline Faraj

Saudi troops stand guard outside the Oasis Residential Resorts, one of the housing compounds attacked Saturday.
more videoVIDEO
A dramatic raid using helicopters ends the 25-hour hostage standoff.
Would a high salary tempt you to work in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia
Acts of terror
Al Qaeda

(CNN) -- Saudi security forces killed two militants and wounded two others Tuesday as they pursued three terrorists who killed 22 people in an attack on an oil workers' compound in Khobar over the weekend, Saudi sources said.

A senior Saudi interior ministry official said authorities were "getting closer" to arresting the Khobar three, who were allowed to escape after they threatened to kill some of the 242 hostages they were holding as human shields.

Saudi security sources said two other militants, who they described as wanted but lesser figures, were killed and two others wounded when security forces spotted their car on the mountainous Al Hada road, which connects the city of Ta'aif with Mecca.

One of the militants blew himself up with an explosive belt he was wearing as he walked toward the security forces screaming, the security sources said. Another militant was killed inside the car.

One member of the Saudi forces was slightly injured and a number of other militants escaped.

Security sources said the militants were planning an attack in Riyadh using a car full of explosives they had been hiding in Dammam, northeast of Riyadh.

Security sources said they had also surrounded an area in al Qusseim where authorities believe Bandar Dakhil, said to be 18th on the Saudi list of most-wanted terrorists, is holed up.

The senior Saudi official who spoke to CNN said oil facilities such as refineries continued to be under tight security.

He said terrorists have not targeted oil facilities but residential areas where oil workers are housed, and extra measures were being taken to protect those compounds.

A 25-hour rampage began Saturday morning when gunmen clad in military-style uniforms went on a shooting spree inside two oil industry office compounds of APICORP (Arab Petroleum Investments Corp.). (Related story)

One of the gunmen was injured and captured Sunday, but the remaining three were allowed to escape after they claimed they would set off suicide belts and kill the human shields they were holding.

While no oil production was interrupted, the attack sent shock waves through oil markets when they resumed trading Tuesday, sending the price of oil shooting up on fears the Saudis will not be able to fulfill their pledge to increase production and bring down oil prices. (Oil prices rise)

Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Iran poll to go to run-off
Top Stories
CNN/Money: Security alert issued for 40 million credit cards


International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise With Us About Us
   The Web     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser. does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.
Add RSS headlines.