Saudi Arabia orders execution over 2004 US Consulate attack
Smoke billows outside the US Consulate in Jeddah in 2004. One man has been sentenced to death over his involvement in attacks, in which nine people died. (Image courtesy of worldonline.com)
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A Saudi court has ordered one man to be executed and 19 others to prison terms of up to 25 years over their connection with the Al Qaeda-linked armed assault on the US Consulate in Jeddah that killed five employees in 2004.
The official Saudi Press Agency said on Monday that another 35 suspects that are linked to the storming of the consulate will face court hearings this week, Associated Press reported.
The Saudi report - published late Sunday - offered no further details on the man who has been sentenced to death or when the execution will take place.
The armed attack on the heavily guarded US compound was one amid several made by Al Qaeda-affiliated militants in response to government crackdowns across the Gulf Kingdom. Five locally hired consulate workers were killed and four of the attackers were fatally wounded in the three-hour battle, according to AP.
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