Saudi Arabia claims al Qaida official dead

Oct. 16, 2004 at 9:18 PM
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ABU DHABI, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia has said it killed a senior member of the al Qaida terrorist network, the Middle East Newsline reported Saturday.

Saudi officials said Abdul Majid Bin Mohammed Abdullah Al Muni was a member of al Qaida's Shura Council and the chief ideologue of the movement. The council was said to determine the policy of the al Qaida network in its campaign against the Arab kingdom.

Al Muni was No. 18 on the Interior Ministry's list of 26 top al Qaida terrorists. The ministry said Muni and two other operatives -- Issam Bin Muqbil Al Otaibi and Abdul Hamid Bin Abdul Aziz Al Yehya -- were killed in a clash with authorities Oct. 12 in Riyadh, near a foreign housing compound.

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