RIYADH, Dec 28 (AFP): Saudi security forces killed a suspected top Al-Qaeda militant Wednesday, a day after he escaped clashes in which another militant and five policemen were killed, a security source said.
"Abdulrahman al-Motaeb, 26, who figures number four (on a most-wanted list) was killed this morning in the desert," the source told AFP requesting anonymity.
Another suspected militant, Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Siwailmi, died of his wounds early Wednesday after being hit in Tuesday's clashes with security forces near Buraida, capital of Qassim province, 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of Riyadh, according to the interior ministry.
The gunmen killed three of the policeman after driving their car into a checkpoint. They also shot dead two policemen on patrol in the nearby town of Buraida.