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Medina mosque attack planner killed in shootout: Saudi officials

The July 4 bombing outside of the Medina mosque killed four Saudi security forces [AFP]

Date of publication: 8 January, 2017

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The man behind a July suicide bombing outside the mosque where Prophet Mohammed is buried was one of the two militants killed in a Saturday shootout with police in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia said the man who planned a suicide bombing in July outside of the mosque where the Prophet Mohammed is buried was one of the two extremists killed in a shootout with police in Riyadh.

Interior Ministry Spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki said Taya Sayari was killed on Saturday by police in the capital's northern Yasmeen neighbourhood. 

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported al-Turki's comments early on Sunday.

Islamic State group-link militant Talal Assaaedi was also killed in Saturday's shootout

Both Sayari and Assaaedi were shot dead while trying to escape security officials in the usually quiet Jasmine district of Riyadh. 

The July 4 bombing outside of the Medina mosque killed four Saudi security force members and wounded five.

Millions of Muslims from around the world visit the mosque every year as part of their pilgrimage to Mecca.

The same day, separate suicide bomb attacks targeted a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia and the US Consulate in Jeddah.

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