Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Suicide Bomber in Saudi Arabia

What now?

At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded Wednesday when a car bomb destroyed a Saudi security service building in the capital, witnesses said.

Saudi officials described it as a "terrorist attack" and Arab television said the body of suicide bomber had been found.


"We believe it is a terrorist attack," a Saudi Interior Ministry source told Reuters. He said a car packed with explosives blew up in al-Murabaa district.

The kingdom, a key U.S. ally and the world's largest oil exporter, is battling a tide of Islamist militancy linked to Saudi-born Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.


Saudi Arabia last week defused five cars rigged with explosives in Riyadh, security sources said. Suspected Muslim militants also killed at least five Saudi policemen last week.

Also last week, a wanted Saudi militant called on Muslims in a video distributed on the Internet to kill Americans.
While there have been previous bombings, including one last year in a foreign housing enclave that killed 50 people, why is that the combination of the timing and the fact that the target was a Saudi security building made me wonder - danger tinfoil hat time here - whether this might be a set up for the House of Saud's dear friend, George W.

It's horrible that I'd even think that. It's awful that the actions of BushCo. would make that such a distinct possibility. I don't really believe, after a little time to consider, that it's really true. But it was the first thing to enter my head.

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