- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 29, 2005

SAUDI ARABIA

Terror suspect killed by police

RIYADH — Police yesterday fatally shot a man named on Saudi Arabia’s most-wanted list, the second major terror suspect to die in the country in 24 hours, a Saudi security official said.

Abdel-Rahman Saleh Abdel-Rahman al-Mutab, who was No. 4 on the latest list of the kingdom’s 15 most-wanted suspects, was killed north of Riyadh, the official said.

Police had been chasing al-Mutab since he escaped from a running gunbattle in which terror suspect Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Mohammed al-Suwailmi, No. 7 on the most-wanted list, killed five policemen before being fatally wounded Tuesday, officials said.

AFGHANISTAN

Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier

KABUL — Two soldiers, one an American and the other an Afghan, were killed yesterday in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan that also wounded two U.S. troops, a U.S. military spokesman said.

A Taliban spokesman took responsibility for the attack in Kunar province, which borders Pakistan.

More than 50 American soldiers have been killed in combat in Afghanistan this year, the bloodiest period for U.S.

YEMEN

Tribesmen kidnap 5 German tourists

SAN’A — Armed men kidnapped a German family touring the mountains of eastern Yemen yesterday to press the government for the release of jailed members of their tribe, Yemeni government officials said. Germany confirmed the family was missing.

The family of five — identified by a spokesman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry as former Deputy Foreign Minister Juergen Chrobog, his wife and three children — was traveling as tourists in a two-car convoy when gunmen surrounded the vehicles, forced the family into their cars and sped off, said government officials in Shabwa, the province where the kidnapping occurred.

LEBANON

Group threatens Hariri probe chief

BEIRUT — A pro-Syrian group that took responsibility for killing a top Lebanese editor has threatened to kill the next head of the United Nations commission investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a newspaper reported yesterday.

An-Nahar newspaper said it had received a statement signed by “The Strugglers for the Unity and Freedom in al-Sham,” the group that claimed to have killed the paper’s general manager, Gibran Tueni, with a car bomb on Dec. 12.

CHILE

Pinochet booked for first time

SANTIAGO — Augusto Pinochet was fingerprinted and photographed yesterday for the first time as police opened a criminal file on the former dictator for his purported role in the deaths of political opponents in 1975.

Officers came to Gen. Pinochet’s home in the elegant La Dehesa neighborhood, where he has been under house arrest for five weeks, to fingerprint and photograph the aging strongman, taking head and profile shots.

INDIA

Gun attack at institute kills professor

BANGALORE — A professor was killed and four persons were injured when a gunman opened fire yesterday during an international science conference in southern India, police and officials said.

Police said the shooting may have been a terrorist attack.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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