Saudi Arabia says wanted man blows himself up during arrest

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A man wanted by security officials in Saudi Arabia killed himself with an explosive belt to avoid arrest, wounding four others in the blast, the kingdom said Friday.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency, citing the Saudi State Security Presidency, identified the dead man as Abdullah bin Zayed al-Shehri.

The report said as security forces moved in on him Wednesday in the Saudi city of Jeddah, al-Shehri detonated the bomb belt. The report identified the wounded as a Pakistani national and three security officials.

The report offered no details on al-Shehri’s background, nor if he belonged to any known extremist group.

The kingdom has battled al-Qaida and Islamic State militants.

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