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Thu 11 Oct 2007 01:26 AM

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Bin Laden to light up Saudi skies

Fireworks named after the Al Qaeda chief have been smuggled into Saudi Arabia for Eid displays.

Osama bin Laden is to star in fireworks displays in Saudi Arabia to mark the end of Ramadan later this week.

The Saudi-born Al Qaeda chief joins Arab singers Hayfa Wehbe and Nancy Ajram in the form of fireworks smuggled into the country in sacks of barley, AFP reported.

Tonnes of the fireworks, banned on safety grounds, have been smuggled in, according to local press. According to AFP, Al Watan newspaper said a truck full of fireworks had been brought in by a Yemeni, including ‘B-52s’ named after the strategic bomber.

“That load could have blown up a whole district” the newspaper said. It added Saudi civil defence workers had disposed of large quantities of confiscated fireworks.

Eid al-Fitr, which begins this year in Saudi on Saturday, is a feast celebrated throughout the Islamic world following the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.