Thursday, June 23, 2005

Top Saudi Al-Qaeda Militant Killed in Iraq: (says) Zarqawi

DUBAI (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi announced in a purported statement the killing in action in Iraq of an Al-Qaeda militant on Saudi Arabia's most-wanted list.

"Let the Islamic nation rejoice with the martyrdom of Abullah al-Rashud," said the statement posted on an Islamic website, whose authenticity could not be verified.

The statement said Rashud was killed in action during battles in al-Qaim, the restive city near the border with Syria where US forces have been fighting against insurgents. No date was given for his death.

"He came to Iraq a month and a half ago... to the city of al-Qaim where the war was raging... He answered God's call and took part in the heroic al-Qaim battles," it said Thursday.

Rashud was one of the last three Saudi fugitives at large out of a list of 26 senior Al-Qaeda militants wanted by Riyadh for attacks in the kingdom.