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Saudi Arabia begins trials of 55 accused of al-Qaida membership, 2004 attack on US Consulate
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) ' Saudi Arabia's state news agency says the kingdom has begun the trials of 55 men accused of belonging to al-Qaida, including some charged with participating in a deadly 2004 assault on the U.S. Consulate in the port city of Jeddah.
The Saudi Press Agency reports that six men came before the court Sunday and that the trial of another three began a day earlier. The report did not say when the rest of the 55 would be tried, nor how many of the total were accused in connection with the consulate attack.
The Interior Ministry says at least eight were killed in the 2004 storming of the consulate, including three militants and five citizens of Arab countries.
Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the attack.