Why is it unthinkable that Saudi officials could have helped Al-Qaeda kidnap Paul Johnson when a Saudi ex-policeman is going to head Al-Qaeda there? From the BBC, with thanks to Nicolei:
An ex-Saudi policeman has become leader of the al-Qaeda militant group in Saudi Arabia, according to media reports from the troubled kingdom.
Saleh al-Oufi, 38, will take over from Abdul Aziz al-Muqrin, who was killed by police on Friday.
Saudi security forces have been hunting al-Qaeda members in Riyadh, following the execution of a US hostage.
Saudi analysts say the new leader will be a formidable foe as he been a key figure in the group since 1985.
Al-Qaeda is believed to have been behind the abduction and beheading of US defence worker Paul Johnson, the latest foreign victim of a series of militant operations in the kingdom.
Correspondents say the rise of Mr Oufi will do nothing to dispel suspicions that al-Qaeda is closely linked to members of the security forces in Saudi Arabia.
That’s for sure!