Saudis launch hunt for 85 most wanted, list includes Osamas son-in-law

February 8th, 2009 - 3:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Feb. 8 (ANI): Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Ladens son-in-law is among 85 men listed as most wanted by the Saudi Arabian Government.
According to a Washington Times report, documents profiling the 85 wanted men — 83 Saudis and two Yemenis — reveal that many of them either took part in planning attacks targeting oil, security and other installations in the kingdom or providing al Qaeda members with weapons, safe haven, false documents and money.
The documents reveal the extent of Saudi participation in the shadowy extremist networks struggling to rebuild in the Arabian Peninsula after a series of harsh crackdowns in past years. All men on the list are hiding abroad, many in neighboring Yemen.
Saudi officials say Yemen’’s lawless hinterland gives these militants a place to hide, while keeping them close to the kingdom and their source of recruits.
The men on the list came from throughout the kingdom, according to the documents.
The youngest, 16-year-old Abdul-Ilah al-Shihri, was only nine around the time of 9/11, and he was smuggled into Yemen to join al Qaeda there by his uncle, the documents claim.
An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told a foreign news agency, that the men are active members of al Qaeda or local offshoots and are planning to re-establish the terror network in Saudi Arabia.
Al Qaeda has not carried out a major attack since February 2006, when suicide bombers tried but failed to attack an oil facility at the Abqaiq oil complex, the world’’s largest oil processing facility, in eastern Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia issued the list last Monday and has sought Interpol’’s help in arresting the men.
They include 11 who have been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Among them were two Saudis who have emerged as the new leaders of Yemen’’s branch of al Qaeda. (ANI)

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