Saudi Arabia foils Daesh plot targeting defense ministry

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Suicide belt found by security forces from the terrorists' hideout. (SPA)
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Terror suspects Ahmed Yaser al-Kaldi (left) and Ammar Ali Muhammad. (SPA photos)
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The hideout and training site of the terrorists that was raided by security forces. (SPA)
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Bomb-making materials seized from the hideout during the raid. (SPA)
Updated 12 September 2017
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Saudi Arabia foils Daesh plot targeting defense ministry

JEDDAH: Saudi security forces have foiled a terror plot by the Daesh group targeting the Kingdom's Ministry of Defense, the Presidency of State Security said on Tuesday.
A source from State Security said a security operation resulted in the capture of two would-be suicide bombers identified as Ahmed Al-Kaldi and Ammar Mohammad, before they could reach their targets.
Initial investigation showed that they are both Yemeni nationals living in Saudi Arabia under fake names.
Two Saudi nationals were also arrested and they are being investigated for possible involvement with the two Yemeni suicide bombers. The names of the Saudi nationals have not been released pending further investigations.
The security operation also resulted in the seizure of two explosive belts, each weighing 7 kilograms, as well as 9 hand grenades and other weapons.
A training site of the terrorists was also discovered in Al-Rimal neighborhood in Riyadh, State Security said.
The presidency also announced the capture of an intelligence cell consisting of a number Saudi and non-Saudi men “working with foreign agencies against the security of the Kingdom in order to stir discord and strife amongst people.”
Both cases are currently under investigation, officials said.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

Updated 19 June 2018
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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.