Abdulrahman Mohammad Mohammad Yazji

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Abdulrahman Mohammad Mohammad Yazji
Died Rihadj
Nationality Saudi Arabia
Known for alleged to have called for the Saudi Royal Family to toppled

Abdulrahman Mohammad Mohammad Yazji was a citizen of Saudi Arabia.[1] He first became notable in 2003, when, according to The Middle East Monitor, he called for the Saudi Royal Family to be toppled.[2] The government of Saudi Arabia then listed him on the 2003 version of its Saudi list of most wanted terrorists.[3]

According to NBC News Yazji was suspected of playing a role in a November 2003 attack on a compound housing foreigners.[4]

Accounts of his death vary. He was reported to have been killed in a shootout with Saudi security officials in April 2004, and again in 2005.[5][1][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Accounts of how he died vary. CNN reported that he was shot when he responded to an order to meekly emerge from a hideout and surrender with his guns blazing.[13] Other accounts have him dying when Saudi security officials stormed his hideout.

The Independent reported he was killed in a shootout, outside Mecca, in September 2011.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Anthony H. Cordesman (2009). Saudi Arabia: National Security in a Troubled Region. ABC-CLIO. p. 57. ISBN 9780313380761. https://books.google.ca/books?id=WUuvAAAAIAAJ&q=Abdulrahman+Mohammad+Mohammad+Yazji&dq=Abdulrahman+Mohammad+Mohammad+Yazji&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiF2a-2kITyAhUaQ80KHUFaCrIQ6AEwAXoECBYQAg. Retrieved 2021-07-26. 
  2. Middle East Monitor: The Gulf, Volumes 13-15. 13. 2003. p. 2. Archived from the original on 2021-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20210818025123/https://books.google.ca/books?id=1OpmRrNzFHgC&pg=PA57&dq=Abdulrahman+Mohammad+Mohammad+Yazji&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiF2a-2kITyAhUaQ80KHUFaCrIQ6AEwAHoECBgQAg#v=onepage&q=Abdulrahman%20Mohammad%20Mohammad%20Yazji&f=false. Retrieved 2021-07-26. 
  3. "Interior Ministry publishes names of 26 wanted terrorist suspects". Saudi Government. 2003-12-06. Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. https://web.archive.org/web/20100619224447/https://www.saudiembassy.net/archive/2003/news/page60.aspx. 
  4. "Saudis kill another on most-wanted list". NBC News. 2005-04-06. https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna7409564. Retrieved 2021-08-17. "Yazji is suspected of involvement in a November 2003 bombing of a housing complex for foreign workers that killed 17 Arabs." 
  5. "Saudis kill militant on most wanted list". Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-04-07. https://www.smh.com.au/world/saudis-kill-militant-on-most-wanted-list-20050407-gdl2wt.html. Retrieved 2021-08-17. "Al-Yazji was reported to have been killed last year when it was said that he took part in a shootout with police in al-Hada, close to the western Saudi town of Taif. He was reported to have been disguised as a woman. Later, however, Saudi newspapers, which are state controlled, reported he was still at large." 
  6. "Update on Saudi Arabia’s progress in the War on Terrorism". Saudi Government. 2005-06-02. Archived from the original on 2009-09-09. https://web.archive.org/web/20090909233253/https://www.saudiembassy.net/archive/2004/statements/page11.aspx. "On April 23, 2004, the Ministry of Interior identified four of the five terror suspects killed on April 22 as Ahmad Abdulrahman Saqr Alfadhli, Khalid Mobarak Habeeb-Allah Alqurashi, Mostafa Ibrahim Mohammad Mobaraki, and Talal A'nbar Ahmad A'nbari, numbers 23, 11, 25, and 13 on the most wanted list published on December 6, 2003. They were killed following a shootout with security forces in the Al-Safa neighborhood in Jeddah." 
  7. P.K. Abdul Ghafour (2004-04-25). "King Blasts Terrorists for Using Islam as Cover". Arab News. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20071217011849/https://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=43784&d=25&m=4&y=2004. "The statement came a day after police in Jeddah shot dead five terrorists including four from the most wanted list published in December last year. The statement blasted the terrorists for using Islam as a shield to cover up their crimes." 
  8. Anthony H. Cordesman. "Saudi Arabia and the Struggle Against Terrorism". Terrorism in Saudi Arabia. Archived from the original on 2021-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20210818025123/https://books.google.ca/books?id=WUuvAAAAIAAJ&q=Abdulrahman+Mohammad+Mohammad+Yazji&dq=Abdulrahman+Mohammad+Mohammad+Yazji&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiF2a-2kITyAhUaQ80KHUFaCrIQ6AEwAXoECBYQAg. Retrieved 2021-07-26. 
  9. "Saudi forces kill another most-wanted Islamic militant". The New York Times (Riyadh). 2005-04-07. Archived from the original on 2021-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20210818025123/https://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/07/world/africa/saudi-forces-kill-another-mostwanted-islamic-militant.html. Retrieved 2021-08-17. "Abdul-Rahman Mohammed Mohammed Yazji was killed in a gun battle with the police in Riyadh's industrial area, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency." 
  10. "Saudi Security Forces Kill Three Most-Wanted Terrorists". Saudi Embassy, Washington (Washington, DC). 2005-04-11. https://www.saudiembassy.net/press-release/saudi-security-forces-kill-three-most-wanted-terrorists. Retrieved 2021-08-17. "Abdulrahman Mohammad Yazji, also on Saudi Arabia’s most-wanted list, was killed during an encounter on April 6 with security officers in the capital city of Riyadh." 
  11. "Saudi forces kill one of country's most-wanted". Irish Examiner. 2005-04-06. https://www.irishexaminer.com/world/arid-30196845.html. Retrieved 2021-08-17. "Abdul-Rahman Mohammed Mohammed Yazji was shot dead when police raided an apartment. He was number 25 on the country’s list of 26 most wanted terrorists." 
  12. "Top Militants Among 15 Killed by Saudi Forces". Washington Post (Riyadh). 2005-04-07. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2005/04/07/world-in-brief/5a74e229-2196-4123-a3a2-cfe1bd11f2c1/. Retrieved 2021-08-17. "The latest slain militant was Abdul-Rahman Mohammed Mohammed Yazji, who was killed Wednesday in a police raid in the capital, Riyadh. Yazji is suspected of involvement in a 2003 bombing of a housing complex for foreign workers that killed 17 people." 
  13. Caroline Faraj; Henry Schuster (2005-04-06). "Saudis: Al Qaeda 'big fish' killed". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/04/06/saudi.shootout/index.html. Retrieved 2021-08-17. "'We know that he participated in planning and in carrying out several terrorists attacks in Saudi Arabia,' said Brig. Mansour Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman." 
  14. Andrew Gumbel (2011-09-17). "Saudi forces 'kill two Al-Qa'ida suspects'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2021-08-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20210818023918/https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-forces-kill-two-al-qa-ida-suspects-5354489.html. Retrieved 2021-08-17. "One man was disguised as a woman, and the other was identified by one security official, speaking off the record, as Abdul Rahman Mohammed Yazji, number 25 of Saudi Arabia's 26 most-wanted militants."