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U.S. Warns of Saudi Attacks

October 26, 2003|From Reuters

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia warned Saturday that terrorist groups in the kingdom might strike during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a day after Britain said attacks might be in the "final stages" of planning.

"Terrorist groups may place special operational significance on the upcoming month of Ramadan, and American citizens are therefore urged to be particularly vigilant," the embassy warned.

Saudi officials vowed to thwart any terrorist plots in the oil-rich kingdom, where Ramadan will begin Monday.

Saudi Arabia has intensified a crackdown on Muslim militants since nine suicide bombers hit expatriate housing compounds in Riyadh in May, killing 26 people, including eight Americans. It has arrested nearly 600 people.

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