Terror attack in Saihat kills 5; gunman killed

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Updated 18 October 2015

Terror attack in Saihat kills 5; gunman killed

JEDDAH: Five people were killed and nine injured after a gunman, wearing explosives, opened fire on a Shiite meeting hall on Friday in the eastern city of Saihat, witnesses and security sources said. Earlier, the Al Ekhbariya TV quoted sources as saying that “a person who opened fire on Husseiniya was killed, and the attacker was in his 20s.”
The channel said the motive remained unclear.
Meanwhile, a resident reached by telephone told Reuters that an attacker approached the meeting hall in a stolen taxi but was stopped at a checkpoint.
Police arrived and a gunbattle broke out, which the resident said left the attacker dead.
Sources said that three terrorists were involved in the shooting, adding that the police had foiled their attempt to attack the Shiite site and exchanged fire with them killing a terrorist and arresting two.
In an unrelated incident, police said four gunmen fired at two citizens from inside their car in Al-Khafji in the Eastern Province on Friday. One of the citizens succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The second remains in hospital in stable condition.
Security authorities detained the suspects a few hours after the incident. 
They will be transferred to the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution, said the police statement.

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”