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Saudi guards arrest three, seize arms along border with Yemen: report

1 April 2004

RIYADH - Saudi authorities seized arms and explosives and arrested three weapons dealers, including one Eritrean, along the kingdom’s border with Yemen, a newspaper here reported on Thursday.

According to Okaz daily, 19 revolvers, 400 sticks of dynamite ready to detonate, 11 bombs and around 120,000 bullets were seized by border guards in the provinces of Assir and Jizane over the past few weeks.  An Eritrean dealer was arrested while others fled during an exchange of gunfire with guards in Assir.

Two other dealers were questioned in the mountainous area of Jizan, the daily added, citing the director general of Saudi border security, General Tal Anjawi.

Saudi authorities fear that many of the Islamist radicals blamed for a string of suicide bombings in Riyadh last year use the border with Yemen to slip in and out, and to smuggle arms and explosives into the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia frequently announces arrests and arms seizures along the1,800-kilometre (1,100-mile) frontier

Khaleej Times Online



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