Trouble in Saudi Arabia

Strait's Times:

"The tiny city of Sakaka in the remote al-Jouf province that borders Iraq may seem an unlikely setting for the beginning of a revolution against the ruling al-Saud family.

"But one does not have to spend too long here to realise that this is what is happening.

"Al-Jouf has witnessed an extraordinary level of political violence in recent months.

"The deputy governor, say local residents, was assassinated.

"Also shot down was the police chief, executed by a group of men who forced their way into his home.

"Even before these bloody incidents, the region's top Syariah Court judge was shot down as he drove to work early one morning.

"Seven men have so far been arrested over the shootings, according to Saudi officials.

"They admit that the attacks are linked, and that the seven may have been aided by as many as 40 others.

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"But residents of the provincial capital Sakaka insist that the violence here is political.

"They say it stems from the fact that al-Jouf is the historic power base of the al-Sudairy branch of the royal family, which includes King Fahd and his six full brothers."

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