x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Al Qa'eda admits to Saudi attack

The group claims responsibility for the suicide attack, that lightly wounded a Saudi prince largely credited with the kingdom's aggressive antiterrorism programme.

Al Qa'eda has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that lightly wounded a senior Saudi prince largely credited with the kingdom's aggressive antiterrorism programme. The organisation's branch in the Arabian Peninsula said today that the attacker travelled from Yemen to Saudi Arabia on a plane sent by Saudi's assistant interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, because the militant said he wanted to surrender.

Prince Mohammed, who sustained minor injuries to his hand when the bomber detonated his explosives, has said he ordered his guards not to search the militant when he arrived at his home in Jiddah for a gathering celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Yemen's foreign minister said on Saturday that the militant came from the Yemeni province of Marib. * AP