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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Security forces killed the head of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia in a clash in the holy city of Medina on Thursday, the Interior Ministry announced.
Saleh Mohammed al-Aoofi was among six al-Qaida-linked militants killed during police raids on numerous locations in Medina and the capital, Riyadh, Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press.
Al-Aoofi, who was believed to have taken over the leadership last year, was one of the remaining fugitives on a list of most wanted militants waging a campaign of violence in the world’s top oil exporter.
King Abdullah is visiting Medina to meet Islamic clerics and tribal leaders who were expected to pledge their allegiance to him, the official added.