Gunmen kill Saudi security officer and foreign national in Buraidah attack

Security official and an expatriate killed at a checkpoint in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 09 July 2018
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Gunmen kill Saudi security officer and foreign national in Buraidah attack

  • Two of the attackers were also killed and another injured, the Saudi Press Agency reports.
  • Saudi Arabia is at the forefront in the fight against terrorism

JEDDAH: A member of Saudi Arabia’s security forces and a foreign citizen were killed in an attack at a checkpoint in Buraidah, Qassim Province, on Sunday.
Two of the attackers were also killed and another injured in the ensuing gunfight, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The three men opened fire at 3:45 p.m. local time from a Hyundai Elantra, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
“A security checkpoint on the Buraydah-Tarfiyah road in Qassim region came under fire from three terrorists riding in a vehicle on Sunday afternoon,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Two of the terrorists were killed and a third was wounded and transferred to hospital,” it added.
The dead security officer was identified as Sergeant Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al-Abdel Latif. The foreign national who was killed was from Bangladesh. An investigation is under way.
Saudi Arabia is at the forefront in the fight against terrorism. The Kingdom has also been a victim of terrorist attacks. The Saudi security forces have been able to thwart several terrorist attacks in the past. In February 2018, a Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced to death a Saudi for joining the Tarout Battalion terrorist cell.
He was convicted of harming national security, killing and intimidating security forces, attacking public property, undertaking acts of sabotage and chaos, obstructing roads, inciting strife and division in the country, and participating in demonstrations in Qatif.
The convict threw Molotov cocktails at security forces, shouted anti-government slogans at demonstrations, and used his car to drive around other wanted fugitives.  


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.