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Saudi police besiege insurgents


Saudi security forces have exchanged fire with suspected al-Qaida insurgents holed up in the eastern oil city of Dammam after deadly clashes in a busy street where many Western companies have offices.

A security source on Monday said the authorities had no immediate plans to storm the fighters' redoubt in the city's al-Hamra district but would instead lay siege to the buildings in an effort to capture them.

Explosions were heard in the area and ambulances rushed to the scene to evacuate an unknown number of casualties, witnesses told AFP. Local press reports said that six to 10 insurgents were still holed up.

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