Thursday, January 15, 2004

SA: Training camps "discovered"

A "number" of terrorist training camps have been discovered in Saudi Arabia:

Saudi authorities have discovered a number of camps outside Saudi cities used for training militants to carry out terror operations, an Interior Ministry official said Thursday.

Two key militant figures killed in terror sweeps last year - Turki Nasser al-Dandani and Yosif Salih Fahd Ala'yeeri - commanded the camps, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. More camp leaders are being sought, the official said.

Al-Dandani and Ala'yeeri were on a list of 19 al-Qaida operatives sought after the May 6 discovery of a Riyadh weapons cache. The group was said to be taking orders directly from al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and linked to the May 12 bombings in Riyadh that killed 26 victims.

How are training camps "discovered?" One would think they would be difficult to hide, especially in a autocratic theocracy like Saudi Arabia. It's more likely that they always knew these camps were there, but only now feel threatened by them.


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