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Saudi forces kill 3 suspected militants
Updated: 2004-12-29 09:26

Saudi security forces killed three suspected militants in a raid on their hideout in Riyadh on Tuesday, officials said.

After the shootout, police and security forces cordoned off a neighborhood in western Riyadh in a search for other suspects, the officials said on condition of anonymity.

None of the three were identified, and it was not known if they were on the kingdom's list of 26 most wanted militants.

Saudi Arabia has launched a crackdown on terrorism that has resulted in the killings and arrests of dozens of militants. The last raid on suspected militants came Nov. 16, when police arrested five suspects after a shootout that killed a Saudi policeman in al-Qassim, 220 miles northwest of Riyadh, the capital. Police seized automatic rifles, pipe bombs and more than $10,000.

But despite the government's efforts, gunmen still managed to attack the U.S. Consulate in the port city of Jiddah on Dec. 6. Nine people were killed in the attack, including four of the attackers when security forces stormed the compound.

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