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Saudi Security Source Disclose Reasons for Mix Up in Identifying of Dead Terrorist | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh, Asharq al-Awsat — A Saudi security source has revealed to &#34Asharq al-Awsat&#34 that the reason for the difficulties in identifying the body of Ahmad al- Suwaylimi, was the very strong resemblance between him and his brother Muhammad, who is listed in the latest list of the 36 most wanted terror suspects. It added that this is in addition to the DNA results that showed they were the same as their parents” genes and this caused the mix-up. It said, &#34Ahmad was not listed on the publicized lists but he was known and wanted by us. Not every wanted person has his name included on the publicized lists.&#34

Ahmad al- Suwaylimi was wanted for terrorist activities was killed with other wanted individuals in clashes with the Saudi security forces in a house in Al-Mubarakiyah neighborhood of Al-Dammam city, eastern Saudi Arabia, on 5 September

The source went on to say, &#34The security wanted him because his family informed the relevant authorities that he was absent and they feared that he would fall under the influence of his brother Muhammad.&#34 It pointed out that Ahmad sent a letter to his family after he disappeared in which said &#34he was going to Iraq for jihad and told them that he had left his car next to Al-Nasim cemetery in Riyadh. Wanted Muhammad al-Suwaylimi tried to insinuate in his statement that only Al-Qaeda knew the identity of the third person and was keeping it secret. This is not true. The third person killed in Al-Mubarakiyah clashes was certainly Ahmad al-Suwaylimi, Muhammad”s brother.&#34

Some internet websites carried an audio statement by Muhammad al-Suwaylimi before few days in which he denied the report of his brother”s death in Al-Dammam”s confrontation, which the Saudi Interior Ministry had forestalled by announcing that Ahmad al-Suwaylimi was the dead person and not wanted Muhammad and added that the dead person was the brother of Muhammad for whom the search was continuing.

A previous &#34Asharq al-Awsat&#34 report noted that there was a hint in Al-Suwaylimi”s statement that the person killed in the confrontation was his brother Ahmad when he sent a message to his parents urging them to be patient.