RIYADH: Crown Prince Nayef, the hard-line interior minister who spearheaded Saudi Arabia’s fierce crackdown crushing Al-Qaeda’s branch in the country after the 9/11 attacks in the United States and then rose to become next in line to the throne, has died. He was in his late 70s. Nayef’s death unexpectedly reopens the question of succession in this crucial US ally and oil powerhouse for the second time in less than a year. The 88-year-old King Abdullah has now outlived two designated successors, despite ailments of his own.
Rocket hits Israel
JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said it has found remnants of a rocket that hit southern Israel overnight. The rocket was discovered in an open desert area and did not cause any damage or injuries. The military was alerted after an explosion was heard. A spokeswoman for the Israeli military could not say from where the rocket was believed to have been launched. She says police were investigating on Saturday. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.
Blast in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR: Afghan officials say three police officers have been killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. Uruzgan provincial government spokesman Abdullah Himmat says the blast occurred on Friday night before in the province’s Chinarto district. He says one other officer was wounded in the explosion. –