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Two militants blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Two suspected militants blew themselves up on Saturday during a firefight with security forces in the Red Sea city of Jeddah in western Saudi Arabia, officials said.

The two men “committed suicide by detonating their explosive belts” during a security operation against a suspected “terrorist” hideout in a southern district of Jeddah, the region’s authorities said on Twitter.

They did not give immediate details about the operation or identify the bombers, but said the raid had been successfully carried out after a shootout with the suspects.

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Sabq.org, a website affiliated with the monarchy’s interior ministry, said Saudi security forces surrounded a house in Jeddah and exchanged fire with the men, who blew themselves up.

Earlier this month, Saudi security forces shot and killed two suspected militants including an explosive belt maker during a police operation in the north of Riyadh.

At the end of October, authorities said they had foiled a plot to bomb a football stadium in Jeddah during a World Club qualifying match and dismantled two terrorist cells linked to the Islamic State group.




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