Al Qaeda names man in Saudi prince attack

Al Qaeda on Sunday identified a man who tried to kill Saudi Arabia's security chief on Thursday as Abdullah al-Asiri.

Al Qaeda names man in Saudi prince attack

Al Qaeda on Sunday identified a man who tried to kill Saudi Arabia's security chief on Thursday as Abdullah al-Asiri.

A man posing as a repentant fighter blew himself up in the Jeddah office of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in the first known attack on a member of the Saudi royal family.

"The hero martyr on the list of 85 wanted persons Abdullah Hassan Tali' al-Asiri, known as Abul-Khair, managed to enter his palace, pass his guards and blow up a package," said a statement on a website attributed to the Qaeda Jihad Organisation in the Arab Peninsula said.

"He managed to get through all the inspections at Najran and Jeddah airports and travelled on his (the prince's) private jet," it said, accompanied by a picture of Asiri.

It was not possible to verify the statement, which said the Saudi government had a network of spies in Yemen of which the Yemeni government was not aware.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said Asiri was a 23-year-old Saudi.

Al Arabiya quoted Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi as saying Asiri travelled to Saudi Arabia from the Yemeni region of Mi'rib, stating he wanted to hand himself in.

Saudi Arabia has waged a campaign against al-Qaeda in the country, killing or capturing most of its leaders after a string of attacks that started in 2003.

Earlier this month, Saudi authorities announced the arrest of 44 people thought to be linked to al-Qaeda.

Human Rights Watch has criticised the country for secretly detaining thousands without charge.


Agencies

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