Wed, Jul 21, 2004 at 7:45:18 am
After raiding a house in Riyadh, Saudi “security” forces discovered the head of Paul Johnson—stored in a refrigerator.
Also in the house—the wife and three children of a top Al Qaeda freakazoid.
RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia announced that the head of slain US hostage Paul Johnson had been found in a refigerator in a house targeted during an overnight raid in Riyadh.
“Paul Johnson’s head was found in a refrigerator” during a late-night raid on a house in the Saudi capital, said a ministry statement, carried by official media.
Johnson was kidnapped in the Saudi capital on June 12. Six days later Islamist websites posted gruesome pictures of his beheading, claimed by “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula”.
The statement also said police found rocket-propelled grenades, SAM-7 surface-to-air missiles, vast quantities of ammunition and 360,000 riyals (96,000 dollars) in the same house.
It was not clear if the house where Johnson’s head was found was the same site raided by security forces late Tuesday in northern Riyadh, where they clashed with militants, killing two and wounding and arresting three others.
The gunbattle erupted after security men stormed the suspect house in the King Fahd neighbourhood, where they also arrested the wife and three children of the suspected Al-Qaeda leader in the Gulf, Saleh Mohammed al-Oufi.