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SECURITY FORCES KILL MOST-WANTED MILITANT

Security forces killed one of Saudi Arabia's most wanted Islamic militants on Wednesday, the fourth straight day of shootouts with extremists in different parts of the kingdom, the Interior Ministry said.

The morning raid in the capital came hours after the end of a three-day battle with militants in the desert town of Rass, 220 miles northwest of Riyadh. The battle ended Tuesday night when security forces stormed the extremists' hideout, leaving 14 militants dead, six captured and 14 security personnel wounded.

On Wednesday, Abdul-Rahman Mohammed Mohammed Yazji was killed in a shootout with police in Riyadh, the Interior Ministry said.

Yazji is No. 25 on the country's list of 26 most wanted terrorists. With his death, the government has killed or arrested 24 of those on the most wanted list published in December 2003.

The Interior Ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said another militant was wounded in the raid and captured. He was not identified.

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