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Two Saudi militant suspects shot dead in police raid

By AFP - Jan 07,2017 - Last updated at Jan 07,2017

RIYADH — Saudi security forces on Saturday shot and killed two suspected militants including an explosive belt maker during a police operation in the north of the capital, the interior ministry said.

Suspect Tayeh Al Saihari, who had been wanted by authorities for his alleged involvement in extremist attacks, was spotted in a house in a northern Riyadh neighbourhood, a ministry spokesman said.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the spokesman said that Saihari was with Talal Al Saidi, also wanted by the authorities on suspicion of belonging to extremist groups.

Security forces surrounded the house at dawn and ordered the suspects to surrender but they refused and opened fire on the police who then launched an assault, killing them both, he said.

The interior ministry said two explosive belts "ready to be activated" were found in the house, as well as a homemade bomb and material that could be used to make explosives.

It said that Saihari had "prepared the explosive belts that were used in suicide attacks", including the deadly bombing of a headquarters of the special forces in 2015 and near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina last July.

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