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Wanted al Qaeda member surrenders: Saudi police

An al Qaeda member on most-wanted list has turned himself in after calling his family from abroad.

Updated: Aug 04, 2011, 23:29 PM IST

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia says an al Qaeda member on the kingdom`s most-wanted list has turned himself in after calling his family from abroad.

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said in a statement Wednesday that the suspect told his relatives of his wish to come home.

Authorities subsequently arranged Abdel-Salam Rashed al-Farraj`s return to Saudi Arabia. He was on the kingdom`s 47-most-wanted list and is described as a very dangerous militant, well-trained in weapons.

Al-Turki didn`t say when al-Farraj returned but said he has been reunited with his family.

Al-Farraj`s whereabouts outside Saudi Arabia were not disclosed. Many al Qaeda militants fled to neighboring Yemen after a crackdown in the kingdom.

Bureau Report