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Al-Qaida militant killed by Saudis

Al-Qaida militant killed by Saudis

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - In a swift and telling victory, Saudi anti-terror forces killed al-Qaida's top leader in the country Sunday, but experts warn that the kingdom still faces a surge in attacks despite its two-year crackdown on militants.

The 90-minute battle in the eastern Rawdah district, an upscale neighborhood in the capital, Riyadh, was the latest blow dealt to Osama bin Laden's group in Saudi Arabia, whose leaders have been killed or captured since authorities launched an unrelenting offensive against it in 2003.

Moroccan Younis Mohammed Ibrahim al-Hayari was killed in a dawn raid by security forces in an area where suspected militants were hiding, an Interior Ministry official was quoted by Saudi Press Agency as saying.

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