Saudi Arabia confirms death of al-Qaeda operative

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A man who dressed in women's clothes and opened fire on Saudi security forces was "wanted for belonging to the deviant group [al-Qaeda] and his involvement in criminal activities", the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday (December 27th).

The man was identified as Mohammed Essam Taher Baghdadi, who entered the kingdom from Yemen, AP reported. Baghdadi disguised himself as a woman and wore a veil. He approached a checkpoint 400 miles south of Riyadh and began firing at the guards.

The guards returned fire and killed him. Authorities arrested a man driving the car who accompanied Baghdadi.

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