Guards seize smuggled weapons, liquor and narcotics

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Updated 26 January 2013
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Guards seize smuggled weapons, liquor and narcotics

 

Saudi Border Guards in Jazan province foiled numerous attempts to smuggle weapons and ammunition in addition to liquor and narcotics into the Kingdom from Yemen over the last two months, spokesman of the Border Guards in Jazan Col. Abdullah Mahfouz said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency on Friday.
“The Border Guards seized 308 weapons of various types, 13,051 rounds of live ammunition, 19 bottles of liquor and 78 narcotic tablets, 403,562 kg of hashish and 1,775 kg of qat.
The guards also arrested 38,071 infiltrators and 863 smugglers who carried SR 1.47 million in cash with them. The seized articles also included 43 kg of chewing tobacco and 8,859 firecrackers, besides 13,991 head of livestock,” the spokesman said.
In November, the Border Guards in Asir province seized 22,386 rounds of various ammunition, 353 pieces of weapons, 113 head of livestock, 14 narcotic tablets, 1,795 kg of qat, 274 kg of hashish and 162 kg chewing tobacco.


Saudi defenses intercept Houthi missile fired at Najran

Updated 27 min 10 sec ago
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Saudi defenses intercept Houthi missile fired at Najran

  • The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force intercepted a ballistic missile headed towards Najran
  • The missile was spotted at 00:39 Saudi time and was said to be fired by the Houthi militia in Yemen

The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force intercepted on Friday morning a ballistic missile headed towards Najran.

The missile was spotted at 00:39 Saudi time and was said to be fired by the Houthi militia in Yemen.

The Houthis deliberately fired the missile towards Najran, targeting civilian and populated areas, coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Najran without causing casualties, Al-Maliki said.

The Houthi miltias claimed the attack via their news outlet Al-Masirah, saying the "Badr 1" missile had targeted Najran.

The Iran-backed insurgents have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

(With AFP)