2 wanted terrorists killed in Qatif car bomb blast

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Bystanders watch as flames engulf a car after an explosion at a Qatif neighborhood in the Eastern Province in this photo shared on social media.
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Flames engulf a car after an explosion at a Qatif neighborhood in the Eastern Province in this photo shared on social media.
Updated 02 June 2017
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2 wanted terrorists killed in Qatif car bomb blast

JEDDAH: Two “terrorists” died in a vehicle explosion Thursday in Qatif, a Foreign Ministry official said. The cause of the blast has not been confirmed.

“Two wanted terrorists were killed in the explosion,” Faisal bin Farhan, an adviser to the Foreign Ministry, said on his personal Twitter account.

According to reports, police are said to be looking for three others who survived.

Police have reportedly identified the two suspects as Fadhel Al-Hamada and Mohammed Al-Somayel.

Videos circulating on social media showed a car engulfed in flames and thick plumes of black smoke.

Social media reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying three other persons were seen fleeing from the car, fueling suspicions that the car bomb exploded prematurely.

Al-Marsad, a Saudi media outlet, said the car bomb exploded in a district with shops and apartment buildings. 

A resident, contacted by telephone by Reuters, said he heard a blast and saw smoke rising above an area that police had cordoned off. 

Video and photographs posted on social media showed a vehicle engulfed in flames in the middle of a street, with dense black smoke rising around it and a body apparently completely burned being pulled from the wreckage of the vehicle. 

Other images showed what appeared to be at least one charred body lying beside a vehicle, which looked like an SUV, after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Emergency vehicles converged on the scene, a witness told AFP.

“The explosion was very huge,” the witness said.

Daesh began a campaign of bombings and shootings in 2004 that has killed more than 40 people in the Eastern Province.

Last August, police said they shot dead a would-be suicide bomber targeting a mosque in Qatif district.

Two months later, a gunman killed five people at a Shiite meeting hall in Saihat district of Qatif.

Last month, violence escalated around a redevelopment project in the old section of Awwamiya, a Qatif-area town. The Interior Ministry said criminals engaged in the drug and arms trade were involved in the unrest.

A police officer was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade following the shooting deaths of an infant and a Pakistani man in Awwamiya.

— with input from AP, AFP, Reuters

 


Saudi forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Najran

Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Najran

DUBAI: Saudi forces intercept missile fired by Houthi militias in the direction of Najran on Wednesday.

Last week, the kingdom’s air defense system intercepted a ballistic Houthi missile fired from northern Yemen.
A Saudi-led coalition said the missile was fired from Saada province toward the southern Saudi city of Najran. No casualties were reported.
Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that at 12:52 p.m. the coalition’s air defense forces spotted the missile launched by the Iran-backed militant group, where it was intercepted and destroyed.
Al-Maliki said that the missile was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.
The spokesperson added that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s security and any regional and international threats.”