Published: Mon, January 09, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

NZ student-turned-militant shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Talal Bin Samran Al-Saedi, masterminds behind the attack on the Prophet's Mosque were killed in a shootout with Saudi police.

One of the men, Tayeh Al Saihari, was wanted by authorities for his alleged involvement in extremist attacks and was spotted in a house in a northern Riyadh neighbourhood, the interior ministry said.

It's believed he made the bomb used in a July attack outside a mosque in Medina where Islam's holiest prophet, Muhammad, is buried.

The other militant killed on Saturday, Talal bin Samran al-Sa'aeidi, had previously been arrested for fighting overseas and underwent counselling when he returned to the kingdom.

In September, Riyadh said it thwarted ISIL-linked terrorist operations that planned to target citizens, scholars, security forces, and vital facilities nationwide.

"They were asked to surrender, but they refused and started shooting intensely at security men in an attempt to escape", he added.

Taie bin Salem bin Yaslam Al-Saya'ari was "dangerous" and already on a wanted list, and was reportedly an expert in making explosive jackets, recruiting suicide bombers and training them, MOI spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki was quoted as saying by SPA. A policeman was slightly injured.

Several guns, one home-made hand grenade and suicide belts were confiscated from the house after the operation was completed.

"Later on, he made his way to Turkey and then to Sudan and then to Yemen before coming back to Saudi Arabia to plot and design explosive devices that were used in two terror attacks past year", the official said.

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