Two killed in Riyadh school shooting

The Kingdom Schools, where the shooting took place on Wednesday May 31, 2017.
Updated 31 May 2017
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Two killed in Riyadh school shooting

JEDDAH/RIYADH: Two teachers were killed in a shooting at Kingdom Schools in north Riyadh Wednesday morning, in an act that the school’s chairman described as “a case of a disgruntled employee.”
The shooter, an Iraqi former Islamic studies teacher, was dismissed from the school four years ago due to “anger issues and an unstable personality,” Talal Al-Maiman, CEO of Kingdom Holding and chairman of Kingdom Schools, said in a statement issued after the incident.
An American-Palestinian sectional head died immediately, and the other teacher, a Saudi, died upon admission to the nearby Kingdom Hospital, said school sources. A worker was injured.
The situation at the school was “contained” by mid-afternoon, said Al-Maiman, adding that the school’s private security guards “followed established procedures” until the case was handed over to government authorities. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by the incident,” he said.
The official Twitter account of the US Mission in Saudi Arabia has posted a warning to avoid the area.
The tweet, which was posted Wednesday around 2 p.m. local time, said: “Shooter still at school. School closed, no children present. Please avoid area.”
Another tweet around 3:15 p.m. local time said: “Ongoing security incident at Kingdom School as of 3 p.m. local time. Please avoid area due to heavy police presence.”
Schools closed before Ramadan following a royal decree that studies would be concluded before the start of the fasting month.
Riyadh police had not issued a statement at the time of print.


Saudi capsule hotels and fire extinguishing balls employed for serving pilgrims during Hajj season

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Saudi capsule hotels and fire extinguishing balls employed for serving pilgrims during Hajj season

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Hadiyah Association has employed global experiences and modern technology to serve pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season by introducing the “capsule hotel” and the “fire extinguishing ball.”
Made of plastic and fiberglass, each capsule hotel room is 220-cm-long, 120-cm-wide, and 120-cm-high and is supported by a metal structure. The walls are made of fireproof environment-friendly ABS, and the doors have magnetic locks that open automatically in case of power failure.
Every capsule provides good ventilation that operate at a rate of 30 cubic meters per hour and has two fans, each of which operates at three different speeds.
The capsules are also equipped with all the necessities for ending the state of Ihram, including showers, washing basins and ironing clothes, in addition to an electric control unit, safety and comfort tools, a smoke detector, a small fire extinguisher, an electronic locker for keeping personal belongings, a digital alarm clock that also shows the temperature inside the capsule, different lighting options with special lights for reading, a television, and an ionic air purifier that produces high negative ions to eliminate germs and dust.
The capsules are opened using a magnetic card programmed for each room with a pre-determined period of use.
Another invention adopted by Hadiyah Association is the fire extinguishing ball, a device that works in a matter of three-five seconds from the instant it touches flames. The ball blasts and disperses a white cloud of dried extinguishing chemicals over an area of four cubic meters to isolate the burning substance from oxygen.
The ball also releases the sound of a 138-decibel-explosion to alert nearby people and does not pose harm to humans or the environment.
It is also lightweight (1.5 kg) and convenient for women, children, and the elderly to use.