Two terror cells busted in Riyadh, Jeddah

Updated 01 September 2012
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Two terror cells busted in Riyadh, Jeddah

JEDDAH: Security forces busted two terror cells in Riyadh and Jeddah and foiled their attack plans, the Interior Ministry said in a statement yesterday.
Two Saudi and six Yemeni members of the two cells have been arrested.
“Special security forces arrested a Saudi and six Yemenis after observing their suspicious movements over the past many months. They maintained direct contact with Al-Qaeda outfits outside the Kingdom. The security forces also learned that they set up a terror cell in Riyadh and engaged in promoting ‘takfiri’ (branding the other as an infidel) ideology and the recruitment of youth for terror operations against security forces, citizens, expatriates and government installations,” Spokesman of Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement yesterday.
Police also learned that the cell had reached an advanced stage in executing their plans after developing explosive devices and testing them outside Riyadh besides continued contact with foreign-based Al-Qaeda to launch their terror operations.
One of the terrorists suffered burns and mutilation of fingers during their trial operations, Al-Turki said. “Police arrested the chief of the cell, a Saudi, and he supplied detailed information on other cell members, its plans and the devices prepared by them,” Al-Turki said in his statement.
“Following the lead, police arrested six cell members who were Yemenis. They were interrogated and their confessions were endorsed formally. Security forces also searched three locations, one of which was a chamber attached to a mosque in Riyadh where the police found chemicals employed in making explosives and mobile phone-like devices that could trigger blasts from a distance besides documents and cash,” he said. The arrested terrorist also confessed that they contacted terrorists outside the Kingdom who included men carrying nicknames such as Al-Assad Al-Hasur, Faris Al-Maarikah, Namir Al-Jihad and Abu Jandal Al-Yamani.
Police also busted a cell in Jeddah with the arrest of a Saudi who had links with the Riyadh cell. The arrested had confessed that he used to develop explosives and test them, Al-Turki said, adding that further investigations are under way.
The authorities also called on the two Saudi suspects in hiding Saleh Muhammad Al-Sehaibani and Ali Nasser Asiri to surrender to the authorities and clarify their positions. Their relatives have also been notified.
The ministry also requested that anyone who had any knowledge of the whereabouts of the two men to inform authorities on the toll-free 990 or at the nearest police station. It also warned that any one who shelter them or have relations with them would face legal action.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”