Saudi king’s stance on Christchurch attack lauded

“The words of King Salman come as support for the OIC, its committees, institutions and administrations, to control and combat Islamophobia.” (File/AFP)
Updated 18 March 2019
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Saudi king’s stance on Christchurch attack lauded

  • Al-Othaimeen said that the world now had “an opportunity to admit that terrorism has no religion, and that everyone is at risk”

JEDDAH: Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), praised King Salman for his “strong and firm” response to Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed.
He also called on the international community to confront terrorism and hate speech in all forms against religion and the values of coexistence.
Al-Othaimeen said: “The words of King Salman come as support for the OIC, its committees, institutions and administrations, to control and combat Islamophobia.”
He said that the world now had “an opportunity to admit that terrorism has no religion, and that everyone is at risk,” adding that the king had provided leadership around which all Muslims could unite to face hate.
“Cooperation is essential to determine responsibilities and commitments, to criminalize hate, and to set controls and legislation to prevent extremists from using social media, spreading their destructive ideas, recruiting the weak and filling their hearts and minds with hatred.”
He also expressed profound grief and sorrow at the tragic deaths of many residents in the port city of Beira, Mozambique, as tropical cyclone Idai unleashed widespread damage and destruction on Friday, cutting off communications and electricity.
Al-Othaimeen sent his condolences to the people of Mozambique, urging OIC member states to provide immediate support to affected areas, to prevent the situation escalating from a natural disaster into a humanitarian crisis.


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

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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.

“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.