Saudi Forces Kill Man Dressed in Woman's Clothes at Checkpoint, SPA Says

Saudi Arabian forces shot and killed a man dressed in woman’s clothes yesterday at a security checkpoint in Wadi al-Dawasser province south of the kingdom’s capital Riyadh, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

The disguised man stepped from the car and shot at the police, the Riyadh-based news service reported, citing an unidentified official at the Interior Ministry. They arrested another passenger in the car and none of the police were injured, it said.

Suspected militants have worn abayas, black robes that cover a women’s entire body, and headscarves to evade police detection in the kingdom. In October 2009, authorities shot dead two suspected al-Qaeda terrorists, who had vests packed with explosives underneath women’s clothes, according to an Interior Ministry statement.

Saudi security forces detained 149 people suspected of links with al-Qaeda over the past eight months, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki said in November. The arrests foiled about 10 planned attacks on targets including government and military sites, officials and media personalities.

The ministry has started an investigation into yesterday’s attack in Wadi al-Dawasser, the news service said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Glen Carey in Riyadh at gcarey8@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net.

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