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Saudi National Guard bombing


Event Details
Primary Organization1995 Riyadh bombing cell
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda3
Means of AttackCar bomb
LocationSaudi National Guard Office of Personnel Management, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Time Nov. 13, 1995
Victim Deaths7
Narrative and Notes
ReliableFive American military and civilian personnel and two Indian soldiers were killed in the bombing.

The "Tigers of the Gulf," "Islamist Movement for Change," and "Fighting Advocates of God" claimed responsibility.

Four people were detained by the Saudis and executed in connection with the attack. They admitted to being inspired by Osama bin Laden, but there is no concrete evidence he was involved.1
PossibleIn 1996 and later, Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl described al-Qaeda's efforts to smuggle weapons to Yemen and possibly Saudi Arabia. The weapons intended for Saudi Arabia were to be used on an American target, but it is not known if they were delivered or used, in Riyadh or elsewhere.2
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 2.4.
2Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
3The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.3.
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