Two Britons killed in Saudi blasts

Two Britons were killed in the terrorist strikes in Saudi Arabia, the British Embassy in Riyadh said today.

Confirmation of their deaths came as a vanguard of six FBI agents were expected to arrive in the Saudi capital to help with the investigation into Monday night's attacks.

At least 34 people died and up to 200 injured in the suicide car bombings on three residential compounds, which the kingdom has acknowledged followed "shortcomings" in security.

Yesterday the British Embassy said two Britons were unaccounted for in the blasts, which have been blamed on Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network.

Spokesman Nick Abbott said today: "We have confirmation of two British bodies in hospital.

"We are informing the likely next of kin and we cannot confirm their identities until these procedures are followed."

US authorities have claimed that the Saudi government failed to co-operate with calls for tightened security around the residential compounds amid warnings of possible attacks.

US ambassador Robert Jordan told CBS television: "As soon as we learned of this particular threat information, we contacted the Saudi government.

"We continue to work with the Saudis on this but they did not, as of the time of this tragic event, provide the additional security we requested."

Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has admitted that more could have been done to prevent the four explosions.

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