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TA-THREATS: Saudi says foreigners can carry guns.

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posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 10:26 AM
In what appears to be an attempt to calm foreign workers security concerns, the Saudi authorities are to allow foreigners to carry personal firearms.

Saudi's Okay Foreigners Carrying Guns

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will allow foreigners who feel threatened by the wave of militant violence in the kingdom to carry guns for their protection, Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz says.

"In principle a Saudi has the right to carry a weapon, if he has a permit. Likewise a foreign resident, if he felt in danger he could get a permit to carry a weapon," Nayef was quoted as saying by the official Saudi Press Agency on Thursday.

"I mean a personal weapon which a person can have in his own country," the prince said.

Al Qaeda supporters have waged a year-long campaign of violence targeting Westerners, government sites and oil workers in the kingdom, prompting some foreigners to flee the country which is the world's biggest oil exporter.

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