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Saudis Kill 4 al-Qaida Members in Desert Shootout

Saudi officials say police have tracked down four members of the al-Qaida terror network and killed them during a shootout northwest of the capital.

The Interior Ministry says security forces surrounded the heavily armed men about 275 kilometers from Riyadh and opened fire after the fugitives refused to surrender and tried to flee. The ministry said three police were slightly wounded.

The kingdom has been swept by a wave of violence against foreign workers and government installations since May of 2003. The Riyadh government has linked the attacks to a "deviant" group - a term used to describe al-Qaida terrorists and their sympathizers.

More than 100 people, many of them foreign workers, have been killed and hundreds of others wounded in the attacks.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and APF.