Egyptian killed in Houthi missile attack in Riyadh laid to rest

A photo taken on March 26, 2018 in Um Al-Hammam district in Riyadh shows damages at a home hit by falling shrapnel from Yemeni rebel missiles that were intercepted over the Saudi capital. (AFP)
Updated 31 March 2018
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Egyptian killed in Houthi missile attack in Riyadh laid to rest

CAIRO: Abdulmutallab Ahmed Hussein, the Egyptian driver who was killed in last Sunday’s Houthi rocket attack on Riyadh, was finally laid to rest on Thursday.
Hussein was buried in his family’s plot in the village of Al-Abel island in Qena governorate at his family’s request, which was supported by Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz, deputy governor of Riyadh.
He was the first person to be killed in Riyadh as a result of the Yemen war when falling debris caused by a rocket struck a home.
Hundreds gathered to bid farewell to the victim and the funeral was attended by leaders from the governorate. His wife, wearing black, carried his 3-year-old son Yousif, and his 6-year-old daughter Hanin.
“My husband worked in Saudi Arabia for a year and 10 months and he was planning a vacation with us soon,” she said.
“Over the phone, he told me he suffered from loneliness, washing clothes, and renewing his permit. Abdo was affectionate with us, especially with our children. He was also a very good and obedient son to his mother, who was left a widow after her husband’s death.”
Hussein and his wife would communicate through video calls. “He was amazed by the growth of our kids, Hanin and Yousif,” she said.
Hussein’s cousin, Salim Mahmoud, said his brother Mohammed and his cousin Shehab Mahmoud Hassan were injured in the same incident.
Hussein’s wife conveyed his mother’s appreciation to everyone who offered support, including to the Egyptians living in the Kingdom, and to the Saudi authorities who promised to receive them to perform the Hajj and Umrah.
Hussein’s brother, who lived with him, said earlier about the bombing: “Suddenly a shell landed on us, and the dust spread so hard that we did not see anyone or anything. My cousins were wounded.”


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 21 April 2019
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

  • Three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire
  • The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Al-Arabiya reported that the assailants belonged to Daesh, but the group had not claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official confirmation from Saudi authorities as to the identity of the attackers on Sunday afternoon.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned the actions of the suspects and the terrorist attack on Sunday, the country's news agency said.