2004 Press Release

Security forces kill two suspects and arrest five in Riyadh shootout
Washington DC

Saudi security forces killed two militants and wounded three others in a raid yesterday on a suspected hideout in the city of Riyadh.

Security forces were conducting an investigation of a residence, located in the densely populated King Fahd District, when they were attacked with various weapons including hand and rocket-propelled grenades.  They returned fire, killing two suspected terrorists, Isa Saad Mohammad bin O'ooshan, who was on the list of Saudi Arabia's most-wanted, and Mujab Abu-Ras Al-Dossary. Five suspects were arrested, three of them wounded.  Also detained were the wife and three children of Salih Mohammad Awadallah Alalawy Aloafi, wanted by security forces and believed to be the new head of Al-Qaeda in the Kingdom. Three security officers were slightly injured during the incident.

Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan stated: "Saudi authorities are pursuing every lead in their terror investigations.  They are absolutely determined to bring these murderers to justice and end the threat to the peaceful citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia."

During the search of the residence, security forces recovered from a freezer the severed head of Mr. Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr., the American who was kidnapped and murdered last month by Al-Qaeda. Prince Bandar stated: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family.  We have been committed to doing everything we can to find the remains so that he can have a proper burial and the family can bring closure to this tragic situation."

Security forces also uncovered an arms cache that included rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades, pipe bombs of various sizes, ammunition, and various other explosive materials as well as a large amount of cash.