Saudi kills two 'al-Qaeda militants'
Saudi security forces have reportedly shot dead two suspected al-Qaeda militants carrying explosive vests near the country's southern border with Yemen, Press TV reported.
The early morning shootout took place at a police checkpoint about 120 kilometers (72 miles) from Jizan on the road to Asir in southern Saudi Arabia, said interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki.
"Two of the three men, who had been on board a vehicle, were wearing women's clothing with explosive vests underneath and carried grenades. More grenades, automatic weapons and bomb-making materials were also found in the vehicle," al-Turki added.
The shooting broke out when the vehicle was about to undergo a security check. A police official was also killed and a third suspect arrested in the gun battle.
Experts say al-Qaeda's ultimate aim may be the bringing down of Saudi Arabia's ruling royal family.