Saudi Forces Kill Six Militants in Shootout

Saudi security forces stormed a suspected Al Qaeda hideout in the country's capital early Friday, killing six militants and arresting a seventh after an exchange of gunfire, the interior ministry said.

One policeman was also killed in the clashes, the ministry said in a statement.

The statement, carried by the official Saudi news agency, said security forces chased the seven to a house in Riyadh's al-Nakheel district.

The house was "a hideout for crime, corruption, and a base for the plots of aggression and outrage," the statement said.

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After a heavy exchange of fire with automatic weapons, six of the seven suspected militants were killed, and a seventh was injured and arrested, it said.

Saudi Arabia launched an aggressive anti-terrorism campaign in May 2003 after suicide bombers linked to Al Qaeda attacked three residential compounds in the capital, Riyadh.

Hundreds have been detained in the campaign, which has managed to capture or kill most of those named on two most-wanted lists.

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Usama bin Laden.