Saudi border guards complete plans to receive, secure pilgrims

Saudi border guards stand on an armed military vehicle to patrol the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, in this file photo. (AFP)
Updated 10 August 2017
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Saudi border guards complete plans to receive, secure pilgrims

JEDDAH: The general directorate of the border guards has completed preparations and plans to receive pilgrims via land borders and sea ports, and to enable them to perform their rituals with ease, said spokesman Col. Saher bin Mohammed Al-Harbi.
He said the general directorate works alongside other state bodies that are responsible for organizing Hajj and serving pilgrims.
He added that pilgrims coming via land borders and sea ports will be monitored during entry and departure, and security will be tightened at the borders to prevent infiltrators or smugglers who might endanger the safety of pilgrims.
He said the border guards will back up the civil defense in search and rescue operations, and will help the Command and Control Center regarding pilgrimage security in Mina, as well as the Pilgrimage Emergency Operations Center.


Security officer, suspect killed in drugs bust gun fight

Updated 20 June 2018
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Security officer, suspect killed in drugs bust gun fight

  • Two people were killed in the shoot out and another injured
  • Four Ethiopians were also arrested following a chase

DUBAI: A security officer was killed in a gun fight on Tuesday that broke out during a drugs and alcohol raid in Saudi Arabia, state news agency SPA reported.

Security forces were searching a property in the Asir area during the night when a group of men opened fire.

A gun fight broke out during which one of the security forces and one of the suspects – an Ethiopian man - were killed, and a Saudi national was also injured.

The officer killed was later identified as Captain Abdullah Asiri.

Security officers also arrested four other Ethiopians after a chase in the mountainous region.