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The following press release was recieved by me:

27/02/03

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Al-Watan

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities arrest suspect who threw firebomb at

McDonald'srestaurant

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi authorities have arrested a man

who threw a Molotov cocktail at a McDonald's restaurant in

eastern Saudi Arabia, the daily Al-Watan reported Thursday.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested Tuesday

evening, two hours after he threw a plastic bottle filled with a

flammable liquid at the restaurant in the city of Dammam, the

paper quoted the city's police chief Brig. Abdul Aziz al-Ba'adi

as saying.

Prince Mishaal bin Khaled was quoted as saying that the man

threw the bottle, which was not lit, into the restaurant and

fled.

There were no injuries or damages.

Police have launched an investigation into the attack.

In November, a Saudi man threatened a worker at a McDonald's

restaurant in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, with a pistol, before

setting the restaurant on fire.

He was arrested in January, and Saudi authorities have said

he would face trial, although they did not disclose what he was

being charged with.

On Feb. 20, a British man was shot and killed in Riyadh in

what the U.S. Embassy said was a terrorist act. A Saudi citizen

was arrested in connection with the attack.

Anti-American sentiment has been running high in Saudi Arabia

because of U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites)'s

standoff with neighboring Iraq and the perceived U.S. support for

Israel against the Palestinians.

Residents of the wealthy kingdom, however, embrace fast food

restaurants, malls and other trappings of Western consumer

culture that often seem at odds with their conservative Muslim

traditions.

Source: McSpotlight
 
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