May 12, 2006

Man shoots at US mission guards in Saudi: source

RIYADH (Reuters) - A man was arrested after shooting from
his car on guards at the U.S. consulate in the Saudi city of
Jeddah on Friday, a security source said. No one was hurt in
the shooting.

The source said police chased the car and arrested the man
after the drive-by shooting in which several shots were fired
at the mission's guards. There were no other details available.

In December 2004, al Qaeda militants stormed the U.S.
consulate compound in the Red Sea port city, killing five
non-American consular staff. Four of the five attackers died in
the attack and a fifth was wounded and arrested.

Saudi Arabia has been battling a wave of al Qaeda violence
since May 2003 when suicide bombers struck at three residential
compounds in the capital Riyadh.