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‘Terrorist’ plot foiled in Mecca

Riyadh, Nov. 3 (Reuters): Saudi police killed two militants in a clash in the holy city of Mecca today, foiling a “terrorist” plot, Saudi state television said.

“Police surrounded the terrorists’ hideout in the holy city of Mecca. They opened heavy fire and police responded.

“Two of them were killed while trying to escape,” said an official statement read on television.

It said police seized rocket-propelled grenades, automatic rifles, pistols, explosives and ammunition and were still searching for other militants.

“With God’s help, the security apparatus was able to foil a terrorist operation which was ready to be implemented by terrorists who did not respect the sanctity of the holy sites and the holy month of Ramazan,” the statement said.

One policeman was slightly injured in the shootout, the television added.

Saudi Arabia has launched a crackdown on militants loyal to Saudi-born al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, held responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks on US cities.

It intensified its campaign after May suicide bombings in Riyadh which killed 35 people, including nine Americans.

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