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Al-Qaeda Attack on American Consulate

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, General, Saudi Arabia, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:11 am on Monday, December 6, 2004

in Saudi Arabia

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The Arab News: Three gunmen with suspected Al-Qaeda links who attacked the US consulate in Jeddah today were killed by security forces, the Interior Ministry said. These three were among the five who stormed the consulate building in the morning. The remaining two were arrested following a gunbattle.

At least four members of the Saudi security detail were also killed and several wounded when they clashed with the gunmen who attacked the compound, police said.

“A gang affiliated to the deviant group hurled explosives on the gate of the US consulate in Jeddah at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT) today and then entered the area surrounding the consulate,” an Interior Ministry statement said.

“Security forces dealt with them immediately and brought the situation under control. Three of the attackers were killed and two were arrested after they were wounded. The authorities concerned are following up the incident,” said the ministry statement, quoted by the official SPA news agency.

The ministry did not mention casualties among the security forces, but said it would issue a more detailed account later.

“At least four security people were killed when they clashed with the gunmen who stormed the consulate. Several others were wounded,” a police officer at the scene said.

US officials said all Americans at the consulate were safe and accounted for, although one source said two non-American staff members were wounded.

“I can confirm that two locally-engaged staff members have been injured,” Carol Kalin, spokewoman at the US Embassy in the capital Riyadh, said.

The embassy was still in the process of confirming the status of the rest of local staff members, she added, while reiterating that all American diplomats were accounted for.

Meanwhile, security in the Eastern Province was dramatically heightened. Students at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) were forced to enter the university campus from the gate near Saudi Aramco. The campus’ main gate near the American consulate was inaccessible due to roads surrounding the consulate being blocked by security forces. Even within the KFUPM campus, roads adjacent to the consulate were closed. Saudi Aramco security was also increased with congestion reported at main access points to Aramco.

Traffic was diverted away from highway exits leading to Dhahran Raod near the US Consulate. The US Consulate was cordoned off completely and while operations within the facility continued, no one was allowed in or out. There was relief on the part of hundreds of parents when a decision was eventually made to bring in school buses to transport students home from schools. (Inputs from Agencies)

7 Comments

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Trackback by MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

12/6/2004 @ 10:09 am

BREAKING NEWS
MEMRI has translated a HOT OFF THE PRESSES missive from Osama bin Laden!

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Trackback by InTheBullpen.com

12/6/2004 @ 12:05 pm

U.S. Consulate Attacked in Saudi Arabia
Maybe this is cruel to say this, but what kind of weak attack couldn’t take a consulate? This is a deviation from prior attacks on foreign offices where in the past they used car bombs to blow up half the building. Now terrorists are trying to storm th…

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Trackback by Backcountry Conservative

12/6/2004 @ 12:07 pm

U.S. Consulate Attacked in Saudi Arabia
- Associated Press JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Islamic militants threw explosives at the gate of the heavily guarded U.S. consulate in Jiddah in a bold attack Monday, then forced their way into the building and held civilians at gunpoint, prompting…

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Trackback by The Jawa Report

12/6/2004 @ 3:23 pm

US Consulate Attacked in Saudi Arabia (UPDATED)
The US Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was attacked today. No reports of American casualties. New York Times: group of attackers stormed the American Consulate in the Saudi Arabian city of Jidda today, using explosives at the gates to breach…

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Comment by John

12/6/2004 @ 10:58 pm

I’ve got a pretty comprehensive report on what’s known to date over at my blog, Crossroads Arabia. http://xrdarabia.org/blog/archives/2004/12/06/saudis-end-us-embassy-attack/

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Trackback by Hyscience

12/7/2004 @ 10:06 am

Nine die in gun battle as al-Qaeda attacks US diplomats
The alliance with the kingdom IS a ghastly mistake, it has SURELY been a selling of our national soul for oil, and it is now coming back to bite the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and all of humankind.

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Comment by John

12/7/2004 @ 12:51 pm

Hyscience, may I respectfully suggest that US-Saudi relations are predicated on a whole lot more than oil? You might want to look into the history of that relationship. Thomas Lippman has a good book on it, Inside the Mirage.

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