Makkah hosts expo to raise awareness of drug dangers

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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 10 March 2019
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Makkah hosts expo to raise awareness of drug dangers

  • Preventive measures, including raising of awareness, are key components of Saudi Arabia's anti-drug addiction campaign.

JEDDAH: The General Directorate of Narcotics Control organized an exhibition in Makkah on Sunday to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and their impact on individuals and society. 

The event was held with the participation of the assistant commander of the Royal Guard in Makkah, Maj. Gen. Sulaiman bin Fahd Al-Huthaili.

The commander of the Royal Guard’s 4th Security and Protection Battalion in Makkah, Adm. Khalid bin Ali Al-Akla, said: “Drugs today are the biggest threat to the youth. We have to stand united in the face of this destructive phenomenon, and fight it with all force and resolve through all the means possible in order to protect young people, who are at the center of the development process at all levels and represent the future leaders of our nation.”

The assistant director of drug control in Makkah, Adm. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qurni, said: “Field work carried out by the directorate is accompanied by preventive measures aimed at raising awareness and protecting society.”

He added: “This exhibition … reflects the keenness of the Royal Guard in Makkah to clarify the impact of drugs on the minds and bodies of individuals.” 

He said the directorate “is ready to cooperate with all parties to eradicate this pandemic.”

Attendees visited the exhibition’s pavilions, where they were briefed on the various preventive programs being implemented. 


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.