King Salman arrives in Mina to oversee pilgrim services

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King Salman has arrived in Mina to supervise Hajj pilgrims. (SPA)
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King Salman has arrived in Mina to supervise Hajj pilgrims. (SPA)
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King Salman has arrived in Mina to supervise Hajj pilgrims. (SPA)
Updated 21 August 2018
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King Salman arrives in Mina to oversee pilgrim services

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman arrived in Mina, in the holy city of Makkah on Monday, to supervise the services provided during the Hajj pilgrimage.

As Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman is there to oversee the comfort of the pilgrims and "ensure the services provided by the relevant government and private sector bodies meet the needs of the pilgrims and allow them to complete their Hajj rituals with ease, tranquility and safety," according to Saudi Press Agency.

Almost 2.4 million Muslims from all over the world are participating in Hajj, one of the largest annual global gatherings.

On Monday, pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat, the most important aspect of the Hajj rituals.

Muslims on Tuesday will observe the first day of Eid Al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj.

King Salman was accompanied by several senior officials, including Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif.


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.