Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has identified the suicide bomber who tried to assassinate Saudi Arabia's deputy interior minister, a US monitoring group reported on Sunday.
SITE Intelligence Group cited a statement posted on Jihadist Internet forums as saying Abdullah Hassan Taleh al-Asiri, who blew himself up on Thursday near Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, was on a list of 85 men wanted by the Saudi authorities.
"Mohammed bin Nayef al-Saud... was struck by mujahed brother, the heroic martyrdom-seeker from the list of 85, Abdullah Hassan Taleh al-Asiri," the statement said.
It said the bomber was able to pass through security checkpoints in Najran and Jeddah airports, and even board Prince Nayef's private jet.
Official Saudi news agency SPA reported on Friday that Prince Nayef, a royal family member who leads the kingdom's anti-terror fight, escaped with just minor injuries from a suicide bomb attack in Jeddah.