Saudi security officer dead in 4th Qatif terror attack in 10 days

Sergeant Mohammed Hussein Hazazi was killed Thursday in a terror attack during a patrol in Al-Rams coast in Qatif. (SPA)
Updated 15 July 2017

Saudi security officer dead in 4th Qatif terror attack in 10 days

TAIF: A security officer from the border guards died Thursday evening and his colleague was injured after they were shot by unknown assailants while performing their security duties.
The incident took place a week after two security officers from the special emergency forces in Al-Musawara district in Qatif province died and six others were injured in consecutive terrorist attacks.
The security spokesman of the Interior Ministry, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, said at 10 p.m. on Thursday, a border guard patrol was attacked while carrying out its duties near Al-Ramis coast in Qatif neighborhood, which led to the death of Sgt. Mohammed Hussein Hazazi, and the injury of Sgt. Khalid Moabbar Hakami, who was taken to a hospital. Security authorities are continuing their investigations.
Al-Musawara is a district in Awamiyah which the Saudi government has slated for development. It contains many abandoned houses which terrorists use for their hideouts. As part of the project, many dilapidated and abandoned houses had to be demolished. The narrow alleyways that led into the area posed immense risks to residents, and abandoned and destroyed houses became obstacles to providing better civic services for the area’s residents.
Last month, a security officer was martyred and another injured when workers of a contracting company came under fire while working on a housing project in the area.
Recently, the Interior Ministry announced the execution of four Saudi nationals convicted of terrorism in Qatif.

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.