Source: By Daily Mail Reporter,14/01/2011
A group of 47 Al Qaeda commanders have been identified by Saudi Arabia – and they include the son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden.
All the men are believed to be living outside the country and were described as posing a ‘serious threat to the public’.
Suspect Muhammad Salim Barikan, who was thought to have been killed in a drone attack by the U.S., married Bin Laden’s daughter Fatima in 1996.
Wanted: Photos of the 47 Al Qaeda suspects released through the Saudi Press Agency. The oil rich country has issued global arrest warrants for the suspected militants who are believed to be hiding in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq
The Saudi Arabian interior ministry said: ‘Authorities have identified 47 wanted Saudis who are abroad and who adopt the deviant ideology.
‘One of their main goals is to establish terrorist cells inside the kingdom, to recruit Saudis and have them trained.
Terror: The suspects include Bin Laden's son-in-law Muhammad Salim Barikan who married his daughter Fatima in 1996
‘We had to take this to Interpol to make sure that wherever they are, they can be captured.’
It was the fifth in a series of lists of people with suspected Al Qaeda links to be released so far by the Saudi interior ministry.
Saudi militants linked to Al Qaeda launched a wave of attacks against Westerners and government installations between 2003 and 2006 before there was a severe crackdown by the authorities.
Many are believed to be active in neighbouring Yemen after the merger of the Saudi and Yemeni Al Qaeda front groups in the two countries under the banner of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula which is based in Yemen.
Some of them are also thought to be in Afghanistan and Pakistan – and four are believed to be in Iraq.
All the men are aged between 18 and 40 and have an average age of 26.
The Saudi justice ministry announced on Saturday that by the end of November 765 people suspected of links to Al Qaeda have been tried and sentenced, although it did not mention any verdicts.
Last month police at a checkpoint in Wadi al-Dawasir, 360 miles south-east of Riyadh, killed an Al Qaeda militant disguised as a woman after he emerged from a car and fired at security personnel.
US diplomatic cables leaked last month by WikiLeaks claimed that Saudi Arabia was a key source of funding for radical Sunni Islamist groups, including Al Qaeda.