Public transport to give Madinah massive facelift

Updated 12 August 2013
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Public transport to give Madinah massive facelift

Studies have been completed for the establishment of a new public transport system in Madinah to meet requirements of the city’s growing population and more than 10 million annual visitors.
“Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman has endorsed the public transport plan to present it to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his approval,” said Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar on Sunday.
He said the project reflected the government’s care for the millions of pilgrims who visit the holy city to pray at the Prophet’s Mosque, the second most sacred place for worship for Muslims all over the world.
The new transport system augurs well with the ongoing massive development projects such as the Prophet’s Mosque expansion, the Haramain Railway, the Madinah airport expansion and the new King Abdullah Pilgrims City.
Hajjar said the transport project reflected Prince Faisal’s farsightedness and his desire to meet the city’s future requirements. “Madinah currently receives more than 10 million visitors annually,” he pointed out.
Saudi Arabia has already announced plans to establish metros and public transport systems in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Dammam as part of efforts to ensure smooth traffic.
The new projects, according to experts, are estimated to cost over SR300 billion.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 58 min 15 sec ago
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

  • Three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire
  • The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Al-Arabiya reported that the assailants belonged to Daesh, but the group had not claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official confirmation from Saudi authorities as to the identity of the attackers on Sunday afternoon.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned the actions of the suspects and the terrorist attack on Sunday, the country's news agency said.