Terror attack in Saihat kills 5; gunman killed

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Updated 18 October 2015
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Terror attack in Saihat kills 5; gunman killed

JEDDAH: Five people were killed and nine injured after a gunman, wearing explosives, opened fire on a Shiite meeting hall on Friday in the eastern city of Saihat, witnesses and security sources said. Earlier, the Al Ekhbariya TV quoted sources as saying that “a person who opened fire on Husseiniya was killed, and the attacker was in his 20s.” The channel said the motive remained unclear. Meanwhile, a resident reached by telephone told Reuters that an attacker approached the meeting hall in a stolen taxi but was stopped at a checkpoint. Police arrived and a gunbattle broke out, which the resident said left the attacker dead. Sources said that three terrorists were involved in the shooting, adding that the police had foiled their attempt to attack the Shiite site and exchanged fire with them killing a terrorist and arresting two. In an unrelated incident, police said four gunmen fired at two citizens from inside their car in Al-Khafji in the Eastern Province on Friday. One of the citizens succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The second remains in hospital in stable condition. Security authorities detained the suspects a few hours after the incident.  They will be transferred to the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution, said the police statement.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.