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Saudi Capital Rocked By Twin Car Bombings

29 December 2004 -- Reports from the Saudi capital Riyadh say that two car bombs targeting Saudi Arabia's security establishment exploded in the city this evening.

The reports, quoting police, witnesses, and television, say that in the first blast, a car tried to crash into a gate outside the Interior Ministry building in the heart of Riyadh, triggering a shoot-out with security guards before the vehicle blew up.

The reports say that shortly afterwards, another car bomb exploded outside a camp for special security forces in the eastern part of the capital after trying to ram its way in, leading to a firefight with guards.

Unconfirmed reports suggested one person was killed in the attacks. No further details are available.

The car-bomb blast occurred hours after Saudi security forces killed a gunman in Riyadh in a shoot-out as they combed a district where a terror suspect and a civilian were killed in a clash last night.

(compiled from wire reports)