The Saudi government says the killing of an al-Qaida leader and three other top
militants believed responsible for the beheading of American Paul Johnson is
a "major blow" to the group in the kingdom.
Saudi official Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Washington Saturday, that
authorities are still searching for the remains of the American contractor.
He said Saudi security forces arrested 12 other suspects after Friday's firefight
with the militants.
In Riyadh, U.S. Ambassador James Oberwetter said the Saudi authorities did
all they could to save Mr. Johnson and had cooperated closely with U.S. officials.
Paul Johnson was the third American killed in Saudi Arabia in two weeks.
With more attacks threatened, the U.S. State Department has "strongly urged" Americans
to leave the kingdom.