Saudi Forces Kill Top
al Qaeda Leader In Kingdom

RIYADH (Reuters) -- Saudi security forces killed the kingdom's top al Qaeda leader Abdulaziz al-Muqrin and two other militants Friday shortly after the group beheaded the U.S. engineer they were holding, a senior security source said.
"Yes it is correct, he (Muqrin) was killed with two other senior militants," the source told Reuters. He said he was one of three militants killed in the al-Malazz area in the capital, Riyadh, in a shootout Friday.
Muqrin claimed responsibility for the beheading of American Paul Johnson and the killing of other Westerners in the kingdom, which has battled Osama bin Laden's group for over a year.
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