Saudi denies suicide attack against Israel

Feb. 10, 2004 at 7:47 AM
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia denied Tuesday Israeli press reports it aborted an alleged suicide attack against Israel by a Saudi air force pilot.

A defense ministry official said in a statement: "What has been circulated in the media that Saudi Arabia foiled an aerial suicide attack against Israel and arrested a Saudi pilot who was recruited by al-Qaida to carry out the attempt is totally untrue and unfounded."

Israeli Air Force Commander Gen. Dan Haloutz was quoted as saying recently Saudi security arrested a pilot who was recruited by the al-Qaida network to carry out the suicide attack with his fighter plane.

Haloutz said the pilot was based in Saudi Arabia's Tabouk air base, which is close to Israel's southern regions.

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