A Saudi prince who leads the kingdom’s antiterrorism efforts received minor wounds in a suicide attack Thursday in an unprecedented assassination attempt by an affiliate of Al Qaeda against a member of the royal family, news services reported.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudi arm of the terrorist network, claimed responsibility for the attack on Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the deputy interior minister, according to a message posted on Islamist Internet forums and translated by SITE Intelligence Group.
The Saudi Press Agency said that Prince Mohammed was meeting well-wishers on Thursday night when a visitor who was undergoing a security inspection detonated explosives hidden on his body. The prince was treated for minor wounds at a hospital and was later shown on state television explaining the episode to King Abdullah. [continued…]