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