Warship bombing suspect held

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  • Sunday, 20 Jun 2004

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has arrested a senior militant suspected of involvement in the 2000 bombing of the US warship Cole in neighbouring Yemen, a security source said yesterday. 

He said the suspect, who he did not name, was one of 12 militants arrested late on Friday when security forces killed local al-Qaeda leader Abdulaziz al-Muqrin. 

“This man is considered one of the main number twos to Muqrin,” the source said. “He was a senior operator in this cell and he was involved in the bombing of the Cole”. 

Yemen is the ancestral home of Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, whose militant al-Qaeda group carried out the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on the United States that killed about 3,000 people and a recent wave of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia. – Reuters  

Family hopes for privacy  

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP (New Jersey): Grieving over their loss, relatives of an American hostage beheaded by militants in Saudi Arabia hoped for privacy as they decide what to do next, according to a family spokesman. 

The family of Paul Johnson Jr released a statement on Friday praising US and Saudi authorities for efforts to rescue him. 

“They knew the odds were not in the favour of law enforcement,” said Joseph Billy Jr, an FBI agent who spoke on the family's behalf. – AP  

Website hacked 

SAN JOSE (California): Computer hackers commandeered the website of a California mapping and land-surveying company to post videos of an American hostage in Saudi Arabia before he was beheaded by his al-Qaeda captors. 

The company that runs the website of Silicon Valley Land Survey broke the link to the videos once it learned its servers were being used to disseminate the footage, said Tim Redd, owner of the San Jose land surveying company. – Reuters  

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