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Suicide Bomber Wounds Saudi Prince

By VOA News
28 August 2009

Saudi Arabia's state news agency says a member of the royal family who heads the kingdom's anti-terrorism operations suffered minor injuries when a suicide bomber detonated a blast at his home.

Deputy Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Nayef was receiving visitors at his home in Jeddah late Thursday when the bomber got close and detonated his explosives. The prince had opened his house to visitors as part of observances for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The bomber, who state media said was a wanted terrorist, was the only casualty in the attack. An al-Qaida linked group claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The prince later appeared on television with bandages wrapped around two fingers, and said the attack would only increase the government's determination to eradicate militancy.

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The country has waged a campaign against militants since 2003, after a series of attacks that targeted Westerners and the oil industry.

Saudi authorities recently arrested 44 suspected militants for allegedly planning to carry out terrorist attacks and also seized weapons including machine guns, electronic detonators, and ammunition.

The Saudi government has arrested hundreds of suspects in the past year, and in February issued a list of wanted Saudi militants believed to be overseas.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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