Saudi Police Say A Senior Al Qaeda Member Has Turned Himself In

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The Saudi Interior Ministry said today that a senior Al Qaeda member on the kingdom’s most-wanted list has turned himself in.Khaled al-Qahtani contacted Saudi security authorities from an undisclosed country and said he wanted to return to Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reports. He has since been reunited with his family and his surrender “will be taken into consideration,” the ministry said.

He is the first al-Qaeda member to surrender since Osama bin Laden’s death Monday.

It is not clear where al-Qahtani was before he surrendered or when he returned to Saudi Arabia. The AP notes that a number of members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have fled Yemen to escape political unrest.

Authorities are on the hunt for more than 40 Saudi citizens who are thought to have joined AQAP, an al Qaeda affiliate that opposes the Saudi monarchy.

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