Saudi Arabia denies arrests made in Riyadh explosion
Investigators were trying to determine the identity of the suspected attacker in the vehicle with DNA analysis of body parts found scattered at the Riyadh bomb site, a Saudi daily reported Wednesday.
Okaz also said officials were watching car workshops more carefully after determining the attackers may have had a vehicle repainted to resemble a police car.
Tailor shops specialized in making military and police uniforms were also being closely monitored.
In the meantime, the official Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday carried comments by Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric, Sheik Abdul-Aziz bin Al al-Sheikh, that were circulated by Saudi papers on Wednesday, condemning the attacks and describing them as "crimes."
Al-Sheikh said "the sanctity of Muslim blood is known in Islamic law, and unjust shedding of that blood is one of the greatest sins."
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's top police official said his forces are pursuing "terrorists" with "the rifle and the sword," but had not yet made any arrests in a weekend suicide car bombing that killed at least 17 people in Riyadh.
"Nobody was detained yet," the interior minister, Prince Nayef, said Tuesday in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
Prince Nayef, who was visiting Tunisia, told the official agency that "the courageous" Saudi security forces "will continue chasing those criminals until they catch them and bring them to justice."
"We will not open dialogue with them; we will deal with them using the rifle and the sword," Nayef said. (Albawaba.com)
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