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Saudi Police Officer Slain in 4th Attack

April 22, 2003

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ The chief of a northern Saudi police station was shot dead Monday, the fourth killing of an area government official in recent months, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Colonel Hmoud Ali Al-Rabie, who was in charge of the al-Azizia police station in Sakakah, about 120 miles from the Iraqi border, was killed while driving home from work.

No details on the shooting or a possible motive were immediately available.

In September, religious court judge Abdulrahman al-Suhaybani was shot dead. The assailants have not been caught.

In February, Hamad al-Wardi, a deputy to the prince in charge of the northern al-Jawf province was shot while traveling to work.

Last month, a traffic policeman was killed and another injured when a man shot them. The man was arrested a day later.

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